BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Lottery Corporation reported nearly $19.3 million in cash prizes paid to scratch-off game players in December, including an Ultimate $500,000 prize worth $500,000. In addition, there was more than $8.6 million won during drawings held in December, including an Easy 5 jackpot prize worth $110,000. Also, Fast Play players won almost $830,000 last month.

Draw-style daily game prizes for drawings during December included Pick 3 winning tickets totaling $3,694,130, Pick 4 winning tickets worth $2,208,800 and Pick 5 prizes totaling $419,125. 

There were three Powerball match-4 + PB prizes totaling $150,000, 24 Powerball with Power Play match-4 prizes amounting to $7,000 and 53 Powerball match-4 prizes totaling $5,300. There were also two Mega Millions with Megaplier match-4 + MB prizes totaling $60,000, 10 Mega Millions with Megaplier match-4 prizes amounting to $18,000 and 13 Mega Millions match-4 prizes totaling $6,500.

“Nearly 45,000 Power Play purchasers won an extra $372,843 in addition to their regular Powerball prizes for a total of $573,587 in winnings,” Lottery President Rose Hudson said. “Also, more than 18,000 Megaplier purchasers won a bonus total of $212,324 in addition to their regular Mega Millions prizes for $290,752 in total winnings.” The $1 Power Play option offers Powerball players the chance to increase any nonjackpot winnings. The $1 Megaplier add-on multiplies nonjackpot Mega Millions prizes by a multiplier number selected during the drawing.  

Seventy-five players won Lotto match-5 prizes totaling $87,590, helping to bring Lotto’s monthly total winnings to $455,050. Easy 5 prizes totaled $217,850, with an additional $94,386 won on ezmatch™, an instant-win option available for an additional $1. 

In total, draw-style game winnings from drawings held in December were $8,632,507. 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. Even if a ticket does not win the jackpot, it could have won another prize,” Hudson added. 

In addition to $19,288,819 in scratch-off cash prizes paid during December, players also claimed $1,850,827 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,

Players of the Lottery’s instant-win terminal Fast Play games won $829,833 in prizes. Fast Play winning tickets can be claimed up to 90 days following the closure of the game. A list of current Fast Play games, prizes, winnings and claim deadlines can be found on the Lottery’s website:

While actual game performance and the amount of prizes claimed will vary from month to month, the Lottery allocated 57.12% of sales to fund prizes in fiscal year 2023. Approximately 32.46% of sales was transferred to the state treasury for the Minimum Foundation Program that funds K-12 public education in Louisiana. Retailers were paid 5.61% compensation, and 4.81% was used to operate the Lottery. 

Lottery ticket purchasers are reminded to play responsibly; anyone who may have a gambling problem, or friends and family of anyone with a gambling problem are encouraged to call toll-free 1-877-770-7867 for help. Ticket purchasers must be at least 21 years of age. More information on prize payment options currently available can be found on the Lottery’s website at