The Louisiana Lottery Corporation reported more than $8 million in winning tickets for its draw-style games during July, highlighted by two Lotto jackpot-winning tickets worth $1,050,000 and $250,000 along with one Easy 5 jackpot-winning ticket worth $311,475.  Also during the same month, scratch-off players claimed more than $6.8 million in cash prizes.

July's winning draw-style tickets totaled $8,133,713, which included two "match-5" Powerball prizes of $200,000 each, 10 Powerball prizes of $10,000 each, and 130 "match-5" Lotto prizes averaging $2,108 each. Pick 3 prizes totaled $2,269,040 and Pick 4 prizes totaled $1,232,700. 

Easy 5 prizes totaled $515,381 with an additional $275,966 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.   

"Last month, more than 27,000 Power Play purchasers won a bonus total of $386,086 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 non jackpot-related prize up to five times depending upon the Power Play multiplier number randomly selected during the drawing.

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

In addition to $6,800,761 in scratch-off cash prizes paid during July, players also claimed $1,245,928 worth of free tickets. Scratch-off players have 90 days from the official game closure date to redeem 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.

 A list of current scratch-off games, prizes remaining and claim deadlines, as well as winning numbers and large unclaimed prizes for the Lottery's draw-style games, can be found on its Web site,

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.