Louisiana lottery players win big during historic Mega Millions drawing

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This Mega Millions jackpot run produced approximately $11.1 million for the state.

More than 205,000 Louisiana Lottery players won cash prizes during the historic $1.5 billion Mega Millions drawing on Oct. 23, including nine $10,000 match-4 + MB winners, for a total of more than $1.1 million in prize money, including more than $387,000 won by purchasing Megaplier.

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The $10,000 winning tickets in Louisiana were purchased at the following locations:

  • ALBANY – Big River Food & Fuel #12 at 28520 Highway 43
  • BATON ROUGE – Romero’s Food Mart at 13921 Joor Road
  • BATON ROUGE – Circle K #9722 at 9320 Burbank Drive
  • BELLE CHASSE – Express Food & Fuel at 14715 Highway 23
  • HAMMOND – Quick Way #5 at 14633 West University Avenue
  • HARAHAN – Sav N Time at 6901 Jefferson Highway
  • KENNER – Winn Dixie Store #1412 at 2104 Williams Boulevard
  • METAIRIE – Circle K #2707671 at 3140 Veterans Boulevard
  • SAINT FRANCISVILLE – Jett’s Food Mart #4 at 6803 U.S. Highway 61

One ticket sold in South Carolina won the jackpot, which was the second largest in U.S. history and the largest ever won by a single winning ticket. The winning numbers were 05-28-62-65-70 and the Mega Ball number was 05.

Players should sign the back of their ticket 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 of up to $600. Prizes of more than $600 must be claimed at a Lottery office.

In the four days leading up to Tuesday’s drawing which captivated the nation, there were approximately $740 million in Mega Millions sales nationwide and approximately 370 million tickets sold.

About $10.6 million of those sales came from players in Louisiana, with $6.4 million on Tuesday alone. Louisiana Lottery Mega Millions sales for the entire jackpot run, which began July 25, totaled a whopping $31.9 million, including about $3 million in Megaplier purchases.

The Mega Millions jackpot was last hit July 24. During the entire run, Louisiana produced 19 winners at the $10,000 prize level, including three who purchased the Megaplier option and multiplied their prize to $20,000.

At least 35 percent of all Louisiana Lottery ticket sales is transferred to the state and dedicated to the Minimum Foundation Program, which funds public education in Louisiana. Prior to Tuesday’s jackpot, the largest Mega Millions jackpot won was $656 million. That prize was split between three winning tickets sold in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

Lottery ticket purchasers must be at least 21 years of age. The Lottery encourages players to play responsibly and reminds players that help for those with gambling problems is available by calling 1-877-770-7867. The Lottery also reminds the public that legitimate lotteries will not contact them by email, phone, postal mail or any other method regarding prizes.