$1M lotto ticket sold in parish

Published 8:34 am Friday, January 15, 2016

Although nobody from Louisiana won the jackpot in Wednesday’s national Powerball lottery drawing, a $1 million-winning ticket was sold at a Washington Parish business.

According to officials with the Louisiana Lottery Corporation, the ticket was purchased at Fair City Truck Stop on Washington Street in Franklinton. A $1 million prize is awarded to any Powerball player who correctly picks the numbers of the five white balls, but fails to pick the red Powerball.

The winning numbers in the $1.5-billion Powerball jackpot were 4-8-19-27-34, and the Powerball was 10. Three tickets sold in Florida, California and Tennessee won the jackpot, the largest in Powerball history.

Fair City Truck Stop will receive a bonus of $10,000 for selling the $1-million-winning ticket.

There were also 13 Powerball tickets sold in Louisiana that correctly matched four of the five white ball numbers as well as the Powerball number, winning $50,000. Two more tickets also matched four white numbers and the Powerball, but the players elected to use the “Power Play” option, which doubles the cost of the ticket but doubled all non-jackpot prize payouts.

The $100,000-winning tickets were purchased in Delta and Jennings. The $50,000-winning tickets were purchased in Slidell (two tickets), Delta, Tallulah, Kenner, New Orleans, Chalmette, Mandeville, Lafayette, Calhoun and Farmerville.

Players should sign the back of their tickets immediately after purchasing for security purposes, and treat their tickets like cash. After the drawing, winners have 180 days to claim their prizes.

Louisiana Lottery retailers are required to pay prizes of $50 or less, and are strongly encouraged to pay prizes up to $600. Any prize of more than $600 much be claimed at a Lottery office, and Powerball prizes of more than $510,000 must be claimed at the Lottery’s headquarters in Baton Rouge.