“I’m not lucky, I’m blessed,” exclaimed Baton Rouge resident David Brown after winning a Louisiana Lottery prize for a fifthtime. An avid Powerball player, Brown decided to play the $200,000 Big Spender scratch-off after helping a stranger at Food Mart on Plank Road.

Brown paid for the man’s gas then bought the scratch-off ticket that ended up winning him $1,000!

“I felt like it was God blessing me,” said Brown.

Brown is no stranger to charitable deeds, saying that he doesn’t pay his bills until after he donates to various charities first.

“I’m trying to hit the Powerball. My goal is to pay off 100 houses!” Brown exclaimed.

Originally from Chicago, Brown travelled all over the world as a soldier in the US Marines, settling down first in New Orleans then here in Baton Rouge. 

 “You can’t win all the time, but you can’t lose all the time either,” he added.

Lottery ticket purchasers must be at least 21 years of age. Draw-style game tickets must be claimed within 180 days of the drawing. Anyone who may have a gambling problem or friends and family of anyone with a gambling problem should call toll free 1-877-770-7867 for help.

For security purposes, the Lottery strongly encourages players to sign the back of their tickets immediately after purchasing. More information about our scratch-offs and other winners can be found on the Lottery’s website, www.louisianalottery.com/scratch-offs.