On a long road trip to visit her daughter in Georgia, Karri Placencio of New Mexico stopped to buy Powerball tickets in Hammond. One of those tickets ended up winning a $10,000 prize from the Sept. 24 drawing. Placencio claimed the prize Dec. 15 at Louisiana Lottery headquarters in Baton Rouge. 

"I bought the ticket on my last trip to visit her," explained Placencio, age 38. "And now I'm claiming the prize on this trip to see her and my new granddaughter."

Placencio purchased her ticket from Jiffy Mart on Pumpkin Center Road in Hammond. She said she plans to use her winnings for Christmas shopping and paying bills.

Her ticket matched four of the five white ball numbers drawn and the red Powerball number. The Powerball numbers for the Sept. 24 drawing were 5-13-21-32-36 and the Powerball was 33.

Players must be at least 21 years old 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 for help.

For security purposes, the Lottery also encourages players to sign the back of their tickets immediately after purchasing.