When Nicole Jones of Slidell purchased a 10X The Money scratch-off ticket, she was excited to discover that she won the final  $10,000 top prize for that game.

"I chose this game because it was $2, and never thought I would win this much. I'm going to keep playing!" Jones exclaimed after claiming her winnings at the Louisiana Lottery Corporations's New Orleans office. She also said she plans to use her winnings to pay bills.   

Jones, age 41, purchased her winning ticket at J & S Chevron on Highway 190 in LaCombe.

Since all seven of the top prizes have been claimed for 10X The Money, the Lottery has closed the $2 scratch-off game as of May 6, 2008. According to Louisiana Lottery Corporation policy, players must claim prizes from scratch-offs within 90 days of the official closure of the game, which is Sept. 3, 2008, for 10X The Money.

Players must be at least 21 years of age to purchase a Lottery ticket. The Lottery encourages anyone who has a gambling problem or friends and family of anyone with a gambling problem to call toll-free 1-877-770-7867.