The Louisiana Lottery Corporation reported more than $10 million in winning tickets for its draw-style games during March, highlighted by four Easy 5 jackpot-winning tickets totaling $342,073.  Also during the same month, scratch-off players claimed more than $6.4 million in cash prizes.

March's winning draw-style tickets totaled $10,207,148, which included five "match-5" Powerball prizes of $200,000 each, 22 Powerball prizes of $10,000 each, and 199 "match-5" Lotto prizes averaging $1,846 each. Pick 3 prizes totaled $3,606,720 and Pick 4 prizes totaled $1,363,100. 

Easy 5 prizes totaled $530,412 with an additional $314,267 in ezmatch prizes. 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, more than 38,000 Power Play purchasers won a bonus total of $454,601 in addition to their regular Powerball prize," 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 $6,492,029 in scratch-off cash prizes paid during March, players also claimed $1,325,286 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. At least 35 percent of sales is 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.

"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 doesn't win the jackpot, it could possibly have won a smaller prize," Hudson added. 

Hudson also 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.