The two million dollar Powerball winner in St. Landry Parish has officially claimed his prize.
Anthony Colligan, 57, bought the ticket for the June 23rd drawing from the 1 Stop in Grand Coteau. Colligan said he stops there sometimes multiple times a day to get a drink. He usually plays the Lottery while at the store, but he became even more interested when 1 Stop sold a $350,000 Lotto jackpot-winning ticket this past December. The store will receive a one-time selling bonus of $20,000, which is one percent of the prize, for selling Colligan his ticket.
The winner received $1,420,000 after state and federal tax withholdings. He and his fiancée made the trip to Lottery headquarters on July 11 to claim the prize.
Colligan plans to invest his winnings and keep working as a veterinary’s assistant at Baronne Veterinary Clinic. "I love the clients and people I work with," he explained. "I couldn’t quit. I get sad on Sundays because I’m not working!" Though he isn’t planning to make any extravagant purchases soon, Colligan added that he "might buy a zero-turn lawn mower."
The winning numbers for the June 23 drawing were 16-29-43-45-56 and the Powerball was 25. Colligan’s numbers matched the five white balls drawn, but missed the Powerball number. His match-5 prize of $1 million was doubled, however, because he added Power Play to his ticket.