Traveling abroad to visit relatives, enjoying a Wal-Mart shopping spree and going on a cruise are just some of the ways winners of the Louisiana Lottery's scratch-off games planned to spend the more than $9.3 million in prizes claimed during March. The Lottery also reported more than $8.4 million won from draw-style tickets for drawings in March.

March's draw-style game winnings included one Lotto jackpot-winning ticket worth $350,000, two Easy 5 jackpots totaling $187,761, four Powerball match-5 prizes of $200,000 each and 13 Powerball prizes worth $10,000 each. There were 142 winning match-5 Lotto tickets worth an average of $1,985. Pick 3 winning tickets totaled $2,900,100, and Pick 4 winning tickets totaled $1,505,500.

Easy 5 prizes totaled $387,827 with an additional $233,468 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. 

"Nearly 38,000 Power Play purchasers won a bonus total of $339,849 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 from drawings held in March were $8,453,670. Lottery draw-style game players have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the 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 $9,370,692 in scratch-off cash prizes paid during March, players also claimed $1,506,460 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 K-12 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.