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June lottery drawings produce $8.5 million in winnings

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Posted at 1:43 PM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 14:43:48-04

BATON ROUGE, La. - The Louisiana Lottery Corporation announced Wednesday that more than $8.5 million in winning tickets for its draw-style games during June, highlighted by one Easy 5 jackpot-winning ticket worth $80,000. Also during June, scratch-off players claimed more than $18.3 million in cash prizes.

June's draw-style game winnings included 20 Powerball match-4 prizes totaling $2,000 and 53 Powerball match-3 + PB prizes totaling $5,300, according to a release from the Louisiana Lottery Corporation. There were also 39 Mega Millions match-4 prizes totaling $19,500 and 65 Mega Millions match-3 + MB prizes totaling $13,000. Eighty-four players won Lotto match-5 prizes totaling $164,590, helping to bring Lotto's monthly total winnings to $479,810. Pick 3 winning tickets totaled $3,882,400 and Pick 4 winning tickets totaled $3,026,200. Easy 5 prizes totaled $213,490 with an additional $123,708 won on ezmatch, an instant-win option available for an additional $1.

"More than 21,000 Power Play purchasers won an extra $169,977 in addition to their regular Powerball prizes for a total of $263,442 in winnings," Lottery President Rose Hudson said. "Also, more than 22,000 Megaplier purchasers won a bonus total of $139,378 in addition to their regular Mega Millions prizes for $230,710 in total winnings." The $1 Power Play option offers Powerball players the chance to increase any nonjackpot winnings. The $1 Megaplier add-on multiplies nonjackpot Mega Millions prizes by a multiplier number selected during the drawing.

In total, draw-style game winnings from drawings held in June were $8,571,763. 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 $18,344,507 in scratch-off cash prizes paid during June, players also claimed $3,143,186 worth of free-ticket prizes. 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. A list of current scratch-off games, prizes remaining and claim deadlines can be found on its website, www.louisianalottery.com/scratch-offs.

In response to the COVID-19 health crisis, Lottery claims offices opened to the public by appointment only, beginning May 18. Player prize payment options currently available can be found on its website at www.louisianalottery.com/claim. Also, prizes that were set to expire during March 24 - May 17, 2020, have had their expiration extended to Aug. 17, 2020.

While actual game performance and the amount of prizes claimed will vary from month to month, the Lottery allocated nearly 53.7% of sales to fund prizes in fiscal year 2020, stated in the release. At least 35% of sales was transferred to the state treasury for the Minimum Foundation Program that funds K-12 public education in Louisiana. Retailers were paid 5.6% compensation, and the Lottery retained less than 6% 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.

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