The Louisiana Lottery Corporation reported more than $21.2 million in winning tickets for its draw-style games during September, highlighted by a Powerball ticket that won a $15 million jackpot and a Lotto ticket that won a $500,000 jackpot.  Also during the same month, scratch-off players claimed nearly $6 million in cash prizes.

September's winning draw-style tickets totaled $21,244,033, which included two Powerball prizes of $200,000 each, 17 Powerball prizes of $10,000 each and 124 "match-5" Lotto prizes averaging $2,265 each.  Pick 3 prizes totaled $1,911,700 and Pick 4 prizes totaled $1,057,700.

Cash Quest prizes totaled $44,048.  The Lottery closed Cash Quest with the last drawing on Sept. 15 and launched a new draw-style game, Easy 5.  Easy 5 prizes totaled $101,814 with an additional $161,484 paid in ezmatch prizes. For a limited time and for an additional $1, players can add ezmatch to their Easy 5 ticket for the chance to win up to $250 instantly.

Lottery draw-style game players have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim their winnings.

"Last month, nearly 25,000 Power Play purchasers won a bonus total of $268,186 in addition to their regular Powerball prize.  This included three players who multiplied their prize by two to win $20,000 each," Lottery President Rose Hudson said.  For an additional $1, the Power Play option offers Powerball ticket purchasers the chance to multiply any nonjackpot-related prize up to five times depending upon the Power Play multiplier number randomly selected during the drawing.

In addition to the $5,942,436 in scratch-off cash prizes paid during September, players also claimed $1,129,868 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 allocates at least 50 percent of 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 of sales 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.