A routine stop at a convenience store on his way to work was anything but routine for A.B. Patterson Jr. on Monday.  Patterson entered the store to get the winning numbers from Saturday's draw and came out one of two Easy 5 jackpot winners.

"I checked my numbers and all five matched," said the 53 year old Greensburg resident.  "I couldn't believe I'd won, so I walked out of the store.  Then I turned around and went back in to check them again."

Patterson claimed his half of the $50,000 Easy 5 jackpot at the Louisiana Lottery's headquarters in Baton Rouge.  He received $17,500 after required state and federal tax withholdings.

He purchased his winning ticket at Whispering Pines C Store on Highway 10 in Greensburg.  Whispering Pines C Store will receive a one-time selling bonus of $250, or 1 percent of half the jackpot prize. The second jackpot-winning ticket from the March 7 Easy 5 drawing was purchased at Circle K #9727 on Plank Road in Baton Rouge.

The winning numbers for the March 7 Easy 5 drawing were 13-17-23-35-37.

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

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