The Louisiana Lottery Corporation reported more than $8.7 million in winning tickets for its draw-style games during October, highlighted by three Lotto jackpot-winning tickets worth a total of $950,000 and two Easy 5 jackpot-winning tickets worth a total of $150,605.  Also during the same month, scratch-off players claimed more than $6.8 million in cash prizes.

October's winning draw-style tickets totaled $8,751,213, which included one "match-5" Powerball prize with Power Play worth $800,000, one "match-5" Powerball prize of $200,000, 11 Powerball prizes of $10,000 each, and 144 "match-5" Lotto prizes averaging $1,720 each. Pick 3 prizes totaled $1,837,890 and Pick 4 prizes totaled $2,467,500. 

Easy 5 prizes totaled $319,952 with an additional $243,673 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, over 27,700 Power Play purchasers won a bonus total of $902,777 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.

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

In addition to $6,853,636 in scratch-off cash prizes paid during October, players also claimed $1,333,775 worth of free tickets. Scratch-off players have 90 days from the official game closure date to redeem a winning ticket. According to Lottery policy, scratch-off games are closed when all top prizes are claimed.

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 our 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.