While Louisiana-and the nation-focused on the record $587.5 million Powerball jackpot last week, Arthur Blanco collected his $921,327 Lotto jackpot prize from the Nov. 24 drawing.

After realizing that his ticket matched all six numbers in the Lotto drawing, Blanco waited a few days to consult with his brother. By the time Blanco visited Lottery headquarters in Baton Rouge to claim his prize, the Powerball frenzy had begun.

The 53-year-old Kenner resident received $644,988.90 after taxes. A loyal Lotto player, Blanco said he picked his own numbers for the game. He purchased the winning ticket at Shop-N-Go on Williams Boulevard in Kenner. The store will receive a one-time selling bonus of $9,213, which is one percent of the prize.

Lottery ticket purchasers must be at least 21 years of age.  Draw-style game tickets must be claimed within 180 days of the drawing. Anyone who may have a gambling problem or friends and family of anyone with a gambling problem should call toll free 1-877-770-7867 for help. For security purposes, the Lottery strongly encourages players to sign the back of their tickets immediately after purchasing. 

Lotto is the Louisiana Lottery's flagship game with a cash jackpot that starts at $250,000. Lotto drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday except for Christmas Day.