Lottery Drawings Produce $9.3 Million in Winnings in May While Scratch-Off Winners Claim $18.8 Million
BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Lottery Corporation reported more than $9.3 million in winning tickets for its draw-style games during May, with more than half of those winnings coming from Pick 3 and Pick 4 tickets. Also during May, scratch-off players claimed nearly $18.8 million in cash prizes. May’s draw-style game winnings included $2,933,430 in Pick 3 winnings and $4,518,000 in Pick 4 winnings. There were 45 Powerball match-4 prizes totaling $4,500 and 112 Powerball match-3 + PB prizes totaling $11,200. More than 29,000 Power Play purchasers won an extra $179,275 in addition to their regular Powerball prizes, helping to bring total Powerball winnings to $593,669. The $1 Power Play option offers Powerball players the chance to increase any nonjackpot winnings.Also, there were 33 Mega Millions match-4 prizes totaling $16,500 and 89 Mega Millions match-3 + MB prizes totaling $17,800. More than 25,000 Megaplier purchasers won a bonus total of $201,660 in addition to their regular Mega Millions prizes helping to bring total Mega Millions winnings to $519,620. The $1 Megaplier add-on multiplies nonjackpot Mega Millions prizes by a multiplier number selected during the drawing. One hundred four players won Lotto match-5 prizes totaling $79,878, helping to bring Lotto’s monthly total winnings to $415,642. Two hundred ninety-two players won Easy 5 match-4 prizes, which brought the game’s monthly total winnings to $185,262 with an additional $146,838 won on ezmatch™, an instant-win option available for an additional $1.In total, draw-style game winnings from drawings held in May were $9,312,461. Lottery draw-style game players have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the winnings from those tickets. “We encourage players to sign the back of their tickets immediately after purchasing and to check them promptly after the drawing,” noted Louisiana Lottery President Rose Hudson. “Even if a ticket does not win the jackpot, it could have won another prize.”In addition to $18,781,536 in scratch-off cash prizes paid during May, players also claimed $3,268,730 worth of free-ticket prizes. According to Lottery policy, scratch-off games are closed when all top prizes are claimed, and scratch-off players have 90 days from the official game closure date to redeem a winning ticket. A list of current scratch-off games, prizes remaining and claim deadlines can be found on its website, www.louisianalottery.com/scratch-offs. In response to the pandemic, Lottery claims offices are open to the public by appointment only. Player prize payment options currently available can be found on the Lottery’s website at www.louisianalottery.com/claim. While actual game performance and the amount of prizes claimed will vary from month to month, the Lottery allocated nearly 54.3% of sales to fund prizes in fiscal year 2020. Thirty-five percent of sales was transferred to the state treasury for the Minimum Foundation Program that funds K-12 public education in Louisiana. Retailers were paid 5.6% compensation and 5.1% was used to operate the Lottery. Hudson reminded ticket purchasers to play responsibly, encouraging anyone who has a gambling problem, or friends and family of anyone with a gambling problem, to call toll-free 1-877-770-7867 for help. Ticket purchasers must be at least 21 years of age.