If you play the Powerball Lottery game in Louisiana it has been statistically proven that you are most likely to have a winning ticket if you purchase that ticket along I-10 in a city such as Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, or New Orleans. The reason lottery players in South Louisiana seem to do a little bit better than the I-20 corridor of cities such as Shreveport, Ruston, and Monroe?

It's less about luck and more about volume. Statistically more big-money winners come from New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Acadiana, and Lake Charles because there are more players in that part of the state than there are players in the northern sections of Louisiana.

The Louisiana Lottery even has an interactive map that allows you to see where the winners are. But let's be honest, we're only really concerned when the winners are in our hometown or maybe even our own homes.

In Monday's Powerball drawing players were attempting to take home an estimated annuitized jackpot of \$44.3 million. That's a fairly "small" jackpot for Powerball. The reason for the smaller-than-average payout potential? The Powerball game had just made a jackpot winner last Monday, August 12th. The winning ticket in that game was purchased in Pennsylvania and the ticket's purchaser earned a before-tax win of \$213.8 million.

Here's how the big money Powerball payout looked when the drawing was held on Monday, August 19, 2024.

As someone who watches a lot of lottery drawings, I can tell you that in almost every jackpot winner that I have ever witnessed there always seems to be at least one ball that's in the "single digits". Basically what I am alluding to is this, of the potential 69 numbers that can be drawn, almost every jackpot winner has at least one number in the 01-09 range. I can't say it's a fact, but it's a prevalent observation.

In order to win the Powerball jackpot a player must match five balls of the sixty-nine that we mentioned earlier. The ticket holder must also match the one Powerball which is a choice from 01 to 26. The game also allows players to spend an extra dollar to opt-in for the Power Play. This is a multiplier that increases winnings by the multiplier that is drawn during the execution of the game.

We encourage you to verify your tickets, even if you think that they weren't winners at either the Official Powerball Website or the Official Louisiana Lottery Website. Those sites allow you to check multiple tickets at once. The sites also offer information on how to claim prizes that you might have been fortunate enough to win.

Speaking of winners, the numbers that we saw roll out of the hopper for Monday's Powerball Lottery drawing were:

01   02   15   23   28   Powerball 10     Power Play x2

Our sources at the Louisiana Lottery Offices in Baton Rouge have confirmed a single ticket did win last night's Powerball Jackpot. Unfortunately for Louisiana players that big-money winner worth \$44.3 million was not sold in Louisiana. The largest prize earned by a Louisiana ticket was \$200. There were six tickets sold in the state that earned that amount. Another six tickets also claimed a prize of \$100.

The \$44.3 million Powerball winner, according to the Powerball website was sold in California. We are still vetting the exact town and point of purchase for you but unless you happened to be in California over the past day or so and bought a ticket for Monday's drawing, you're probably going to need to get ready to go to work today.

But your dreams of instant millions can be rekindled by tonight's Mega Millions game if you choose to play. The Mega Millions jackpot is almost at half of a billion dollars. The estimated annuitized prize in Mega Millions tonight is \$498 million. The lump sum payout is estimated to be \$245.3 million. The drawing is tonight at 10 pm.

Please play these and all lottery games of chance responsibly. Most lottery tickets sold are not winners so only spend money that you can afford to lose. If you have a gambling problem help is available free of charge. Call 1-877-770-STOP (7867). The call and the referrals are free for you. Good Luck.

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