Donating to their church, purchasing back-to-school clothes, and saving for a vacation are just a few of the ways winners of the Louisiana Lottery's draw-style games plan to spend the more than $7.6 million won in July. The Louisiana Lottery also reported more than $5.7 million in winning tickets claimed from scratch-off games last month.

July's draw-style game winnings included two Easy 5 jackpots totaling $300,916, one Powerball Power Play prize worth $1 million, two "match-5" Powerball prizes worth $200,000 each, three Powerball prizes of $10,000 each, and 130 "match-5" Lotto prizes averaging $2,206 each. Pick 3 prizes totaled $1,860,140 and Pick 4 prizes totaled $1,596,000.

Easy 5 prizes totaled $492,874 with an additional $249,930 won 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. 

"Over 30,700 Power Play purchasers won a bonus total of $1,112,215 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.

In total, draw-style game winnings were $7,626,233 in July. Lottery draw-style game players have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim any winnings.

"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 does not win the jackpot, it could have won another prize," Hudson added.

In addition to $5,770,217 in scratch-off cash prizes paid during July, players also claimed $1,135,184 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.

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.