An Introduction to the Louisiana Lottery

The Louisiana Lottery Corporation was formed in 1991 after the 1990 state Legislature proposed a state lottery as a way to generate income without the need to increase taxes. Due to the Louisiana Lottery's unique operations, a corporate structure was deemed the best format. Voters also liked the idea and passed the amendment by a 7 to 3 margin. In 2003, voters passed another amendment to dedicate Lottery proceeds to public education in Louisiana.

Nearly 56% of Louisiana adults have participated in some kind of gaming at least once in the last year. If you fancy your chances of getting in on the winning, why not play online at Lottery24.com.

 

Louisiana Lottery Games

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Louisiana Mega Millions

On 16th November 2011 the Louisiana Lottery introduced a new multistate game, Mega Millions. Louisiana Mega Millions is a big multi-state jackpot game that begins with an incredible $15,000,000 top prize which can grow larger with rollovers. Draws occur every Tuesday and Friday night. Odds of winning the Louisiana Mega Millions jackpot are one in 175.5 million and overall odds of winning any prize are one in 40. You can find the results for the draws at lottery24.com.

 

 

      

Louisiana Powerball

On 5th March 1995 the Louisiana Lottery became the 19th lottery to join the multistate game Powerball. Louisiana Powerball is also played twice a week; every Wednesday and Saturday night. Powerball has enormous jackpots starting at $40,000,000 and increasing in the event of a rollover. 

 


It is played by choosing five white balls from 1 to 59 and one red Powerball from 1 to 35, or you can opt for a Quick Pick (Lucky Dip) for random numbers. Odds of winning the Louisiana Powerball jackpot prize are one in 176 million and the overall odds of winning any prize are one in 32. Again, you can check all the winning numbers on lottery24.com.

 

Louisiana Lotto

Louisiana Lotto was Louisiana Lottery’s first draw-style game which began in January 1992. Players pick six numbers from 1 to 40 and draws are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays (except Christmas Day).


Louisiana Lotto has a cash jackpot that starts at $250,000 and continues to roll over until it is won. In the beginning, Louisiana Lotto jackpots were paid as an annuity over 20 years and jackpots consistently exceeded $2 million. On 17th June 1995, jackpot winners began to receive their prizes as a lump-sum cash payment. On 4th December 1996, a second weekly draw was implemented and the starting jackpot prize was reduced from $500,000 to $250,000. On 19th April 1998, the Louisiana Lottery added a $3 prize level for matching three from six numbers and reduced the odds of other prize levels, including reducing the overall odds of winning any prize from 1 in 655 to 1 in 30.

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Louisiana Pick 3

On 31st August 1992 Louisiana Pick 3 was launched with daily drawings and on 8th May 1994 automated drawing machines were introduced for the game. To play, mark any three digits, from 0 to 9, or select Quick Pick to randomly generate your Louisiana Pick 3 numbers. There are also four play options to choose from:

• Straight: Match your three numbers in exact order to win.
• Box: Match your three numbers in any order to win.
• Straight/Box: Combines a 50-cent Straight play plus a 50-cent Box play.
• Combo: Equal to 3 or 6 Straight plays.

 

Louisiana Pick 4

Louisiana Pick 4 was introduced with daily draws on 1st March 1999. As with Louisiana Pick 3, there are four ways to play but this time 4 digits between 0-9 are selected.

 

Easy 5

In 1995 the Louisiana Lottery introduced Easy 5 but it ceased in October 1998. On 16th September 2007 Easy 5 was re-introduced by the Louisiana Lottery with a starting jackpot of $50,000.

Players mark five numbers from 1 to 37 on an Easy 5 ticket or mark the Quick Pick to have numbers randomly generated.

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Louisiana Lottery Winners

Robert H. LeBas Family Partnership

The Robert H. LeBas Family Partnership of Church Point won the Louisiana Lottery’s largest Louisiana Lotto jackpot of $21.2 million on 26th September 1992.

 

Carl Hunter

Carl Hunter won the single largest prize in Louisiana Lottery history, a $97 million Louisiana Powerball jackpot in 2008. He was a construction company owner who had lost two homes in Hurricane Katrina. Hunter carried on going to work every day for nearly four months before coming forward to claim the money and announce his retirement. "I just had a lot of things I needed to do first," Hunter said matter-of-factly while sitting in front of a swarm of TV cameras at the Louisiana Lottery headquarters in Baton Rouge.

 

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Hunter had bought the Louisiana Powerball ticket in January at a Shell petrol station, which received a $25,000 bonus from the Louisiana lottery. He had waited 113 days before making his claim, as he told reporters that he needed time to wind down his business and consult a solicitor to develop a financial plan. 

His voice faltered a little when he spoke about using some of the money to rebuild the Lake Catherine fishing camp. He had dreamt of enjoying his retirement before Hurricane Katrina washed it away.

 

 

H&N Family Partnership

The Louisiana Powerball draw from 31st July 2010 resulted in an advertised $85.7 million win for the H&N Family Partnership.

Baton Rouge attorney, George Bayhi, attended Louisiana Lottery headquarters and claimed the prize via a Power of Attorney on behalf of his client. They were an 11-member family partnership who opted for the lump sum prize payment option equal to the cash value of the jackpot, which was $45,770,486.

 

Bayhi described his clients as "hardworking, faith-filled Asian Americans who have lived in the Baton Rouge community for over 20 years." He told the press that the family had been playing the Louisiana Lottery since its inception and had always agreed to share winnings. The partnership will receive $32,039,340 after state and federal tax withholdings.

The winning ticket was sold at the Circle K store in Baton Rouge who received a $25,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. The winning numbers were 1, 16, 17, 41 and 57 and the Powerball was 15.
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Emilia Delgado

45-year-old neonatal intensive care nurse, Emilia Delgado, won the $34.1 million Louisiana Powerball jackpot from the 31st May 2008 draw. Her win was the third Louisiana Powerball jackpot won in the state in the previous eight months.

The Kenner resident had been a regular Louisiana Lottery player. The Brothers Food Mart store in Gretna received a bonus of $25,000 for selling the winning ticket.

A Powerball jackpot amount is always advertised as a 30-installment annuity, but winners can opt to receive the cash value instead. Delgado chose the cash prize option, which was $16,195,787.02. Louisiana Lottery prizes of over $5,000 are subject to federal and state tax.

Delgado planned to help her family with her new fortune.

The winning numbers for the draw were 3, 9, 14, 17 and 25 and the Powerball was 8.

You can read many more winners stories at Lottery24.com.



Louisiana Lottery Taxes

Tax regulations require the Louisiana Lottery to withhold 25% federal taxes and 5% state taxes from each prize over $5,000. A gambling income statement called W-2G, is printed for each Louisiana Lottery winning ticket greater than $600 and given to the winner when they receive their cheque. The W-2G is needed when filing federal and state income taxes.

 

Louisiana Lottery History

In 1868 a party of entrepreneurs formed a business called the Louisiana Lottery Company and sold tickets nationwide. Only about 7% of the company’s revenue came from within Louisiana, and the company quickly became one of the biggest businesses in the USA. The owners negotiated an arrangement with Louisiana’s state government whereby they donated $40,000 a year for 25 years to the Charity Hospital of New Orleans, and the company kept the rest of the revenue, about 48%, tax free. There followed charges of corruption and the company moved to Honduras. It eventually closed down after the federal government banned the sale of lottery tickets through the mail. By 1894, private lotteries were illegal in the United States.

The following century, on 6th October 1990, Louisiana voters approved a constitutional amendment creating the Louisiana Lottery Corporation with a 7 to 3 margin and on 6th September 1991 the first instant scratch card game, Louisiana Treasures, went on sale.

On 22nd January 1992 the first draw-style jackpot game, Louisiana Lotto was introduced with a starting jackpot of $2 million.

On 5th March 1995 the Louisiana Lottery became the 19th lottery to join the multistate game Powerball. Hurricane Katrina lashed the Gulf Coast in August 2005, causing the loss of over 900 Louisiana Lottery retailer locations, including 700 in the New Orleans area. On September 24 of the same year Hurricane Rita followed, knocking out a further 300 retail stores in Southwest Louisiana.

 

Other Louisiana Lottery Information

In 2014, 40% of Louisiana Lottery sales were from scratch cards, 23% Powerball, 11% Pick 4, 9% Mega Millions and Pick 4 and 6% Louisiana Lotto.

State law requires Louisiana Lottery ticket buyers to be at least 21 years of age even though most states with lotteries have a minimum age requirement of 18.

Winning tickets worth more than $600 must be claimed at a Louisiana Lottery office. Louisiana Powerball, Louisiana Mega Millions and Louisiana Lotto jackpots and all prizes over $510,000 must be claimed at Louisiana Lottery headquarters. Draw-style game winners have 180 days from the draw date to claim their prize and scratch card winners have 90 days from the date of the announced game closure. Players are strongly advised to sign the back of their tickets immediately after purchasing.


Where Louisiana Lottery proceeds go

In the 2014 tax year, each dollar in Lottery ticket sales, including Powerball and Mega Millions, was allocated as follows:

• 53% to prize winners

• 35% of its revenue to the state treasury, which has resulted in a contribution of more than $2.8 billion since it began. The Louisiana Lottery ranks second nationwide in the percentage of revenue it transfers to the state government.

• 6% to lottery operations. The Louisiana Lottery employs approximately 125 people, including both full-time and part-time employees, at its headquarters in downtown Baton Rouge, its distribution centre and regional offices in New Orleans, Lafayette, Alexandria, Shreveport and Monroe.

• 5.5% to retailers

 

Gambling & causes

On 15th January 1996 The Problem Gambling Helpline was launched by the state, and the Louisiana Lottery now adds their number to all tickets and advertising.

Sadly, in any given year 1.4% of the population meets the criteria for pathological gambling and a further 1.7% have a less significant but still worrying problem known as problem gambling.

In June 2003 the Louisiana Lottery began participating in the AMBER Alert network through its retailers. The AMBER Alert is a program which activates an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases.

 

Retailers

The Louisiana Lottery has roughly 2,900 retailers. Retailers must cash winning tickets valued up to $50 and are encouraged to cash winning tickets worth up to $600.

They earn a 5% commission and other incentives and bonuses on the sale of Lottery tickets.

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