Louisiana Lottery reported nearly $7 million in winning tickets for its draw-style games during April, highlighted by one Lotto jackpot ticket worth $775,000 and two Cash Quest jackpot tickets worth $50,000 each.  Also during the same month, scratch-off players claimed more than $6.5 million in prizes, highlighted by an Emerald Green 7s ticket worth $200,000 and a Break the Bank ticket worth $100,000.

April's winning tickets totaled $6,978,264, which included five Powerball prizes of $10,000 each, 126 Lotto prizes averaging $1,998 each and more than 76,000 Cash Quest prizes totaling $209,362.  Pick 3 prizes totaled $1,592,440 and Pick 4 prizes totaled $2,460,800. Lottery draw-style game players have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim their winnings.

"Last month nearly 27,000 Power Play purchasers won a bonus total of $435,849 in addition to their regular Powerball prize. This included one player who won $20,000," President Rose Hudson said.  The Power Play option offers Powerball ticket purchasers the chance to multiply their winnings up to five times on all nonjackpot prizes for an additional $1. 

In addition to the $6,582,229 in scratch-off cash prizes paid during April, scratch-off players also won more than $1,234,861 worth of free-tickets. Scratch-off players have 90 days from the official game closure date to claim a winning ticket.

While actual game performance and the amount of prizes claimed will vary from month to month, the Lottery sets aside at least 50 percent of all sales to fund prizes with 35 percent of sales transferred to the state treasury for the Minimum Foundation Program that funds public education in Louisiana. Retailers are paid at least 5 percent in commission and the Lottery retains less than 10 percent to operate.

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.