Covering Louisiana

Aug 13, 2013 5:52 PM by AP

Geismar man claims Powerball's $1M runner-up prize

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - One number was all that separated Jerry Cockerham from a share of last week's nearly $450 million Powerball jackpot.

Still, the 60-year-old Geismar man claimed the $1 million runner-up prize on Friday from the Louisiana Lottery Corp. for correctly picking all five white numbers in the Aug. 7 Powerball drawing.

The Advocate, citing a release Tuesday from the lottery corporation, said Cockerham purchased the winning ticket at Pit Stop Petroleum in LaPlace, where he usually stops for coffee and lottery tickets on his way to work.

Cockerham's wife, Deborah Owens, told lottery officials that the couple found out they had the winning ticket after seeing news reports that a winning ticket had been bought in LaPlace.

Cockerham received $700,000 after federal and state taxes were withheld.


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