Traveling to New Jersey for Thanksgiving, making upgrades to a recently purchased property and repairing a pick-up truck are just some of the ways winners of the Louisiana Lottery's scratch-off games plan to spend the more than $6 million claimed in October. The Lottery also reported more than $7.6 million in winning tickets won on draw-style game tickets last month.

October's draw-style game winnings included one Easy 5 jackpot of $117,823, one "match-5" Powerball with Power Play prize of $1 million, eight Powerball prizes of $10,000 each, one Lotto jackpot of $450,000 and 134 "match-5" Lotto prizes averaging $2,045 each. Pick 3 prizes totaled $2,095,830 and Pick 4 prizes totaled $1,359,800.

Easy 5 prizes totaled $294,905 with an additional $236,824 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 31,000 Power Play purchasers won a bonus total of $1,211,445 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 $7,638,384 in October. Lottery draw-style game players have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim any winnings from those tickets.

"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 $6,374,311 in scratch-off cash prizes paid during October, players also claimed $1,225,900 worth of free tickets. According to Lottery policy, scratch-off games are closed when all top prizes are claimed, and 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.

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.