Powerball Confirms Louisiana Ticket is $150,000 Winner
Lottery players in Louisiana have welcomed back a familiar friend to the state. That friend, Lady Luck, I guess she's been on vacation or was fighting the current stomach bug that almost everyone in Louisiana has experienced. But as of the last few Powerball drawings, it has become quite apparent that "the Lady" is back along the bayous and she's kicking up some dust.
Louisiana's most recent big-money Powerball win came from the February 28th drawing when a ticket sold in Lafayette, Louisiana matched the numbers needed to claim a $10,000 prize. According to the Louisiana Lottery's unclaimed prizes page, the holder of that ticket wasted no time in claiming their winnings because the $10,000 winner is not listed on the page.
On the national level, the Powerball game did get a jackpot winner in last Saturday's drawing, the March 4, 2023, drawing produced a $162.6 million dollar winner from Virginia. But enough about history, let's talk about the present and who might be presented with a Powerball check for $150,000 from last night's drawing.
If you didn't see the balls drop, here's how it happened.
If you couldn't watch the video, the numbers drawn were:
The Powerball website confirms those numbers and also reveals that no ticket sold for last night's drawing matched the numbers needed to claim the game's jackpot, which was $30.5 million dollars. There was a Match 5 winner, that's a one million dollar prize, sold for last night's game. That ticket was purchased in Florida.
Here in Louisiana, Powerball players had a pretty good night as far as winnings are concerned. The Louisiana Lottery has confirmed that 310 tickets sold in the state for last night's game more than doubled the money of the players that bought them.
There were also seven tickets sold in Louisiana that are $100 winners this morning and another six tickets sold in the state that can lay claim to a prize of $300 from the March 8 Powerball game.
As of this report, the Louisiana Lottery is only confirming that a ticket sold in Louisiana matched four of the white ball numbers and the Powerball for last night's game. By rule, that ticket earns a prize of $50,000. But the player opted for the Power Play option, which for last night's drawing was "times three", so the ticket is worth $150,000 to its rightful owner.
Louisiana Lottery officials should confirm the point of purchase for that ticket later today. We can tell you based on history that there is a better than 50% chance the ticket was purchased somewhere along the I-10 corridor. That means Powerball players in Lake Charles, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans or those that live within fifty miles of those towns really should check their tickets.
By the way, the Texas Lottery has confirmed a $50,000 winner for last night's game as well. So, if you played Powerball in the Lonestar State you might want to check those numbers too.
Since no ticket sold for last night's drawing matched the numbers needed to claim the Powerball jackpot it will continue to climb. Game officials estimate that Saturday's drawing will be for at least $45 million dollars.
Incidentally, Friday's Mega Millions drawing will be for at least $203 million. If you do choose to play we hope you'll exercise responsible behavior and only spend what you can afford to lose. If you need assistance with a gambling issue please call 1-877-770-STOP (7867).
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