Lottery players in Louisiana will have a unique opportunity to win an obscene amount of money should they choose to participate in this week's scheduled drawings supported by the Louisiana Lottery Corporation. The "Lottery" has been handing out some pretty big prizes as of late but while those wins would be significant for most of our bank accounts, they will pale to what is available for players to win this week.

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What Are the Latest Lottery Wins in Louisiana?

Here's a quick recap of how we got to where we are regarding these draw games from the Louisiana Lottery. The Mega Millions game has not had a jackpot winner since December of last year. That game has never produced a jackpot winner in the state of Louisiana. The most recent Louisiana win in Mega Millions was a $50,000 payout on a ticket sold in LaPlace, Louisiana for the March 15th drawing.

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Powerball has not made a jackpot winner since January 3rd, 2024. The most recent Powerball big ticket win in Louisiana happened on March 13th. A $50,000 Powerball winner was sold in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. That ticket matched four of the five white balls and the Powerball.

The Lotto Game from the Louisiana Lottery has been the state's most prodigious prize money producer so far this year. That game produced a payout of $2.5 million, actually a little bit more than that, on January 31st, 2024. The winning ticket was purchased in Kenner, Louisiana.

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Louisiana Lottery Corporation via YouTube
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Easy 5, the fourth of the Louisiana Lottery's premiere draw games last made a big winner on February 24th, 2024. The game paid out a ticket worth $106,947 that was purchased in Slidell, Louisiana. Another ticket that matched the same numbers was sold in New Iberia, Louisiana. That ticket is was worth $106,947 as well.

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How Much is Monday's Powerball Worth?

The Official Powerball Website lists tonight's (Monday 03.18.24) jackpot as an estimated $645 million. That is the annuitized jackpot, if you won and opted for the lump sum payout, you'd be looking at $297 million, estimated. Tonight's drawing is scheduled for 10 p.m. Louisiana time.

If you believe in math, probability, and maybe a little old-fashioned luck, you might want to purchase your Powerball ticket here, there is certainly enough evidence that suggests the big money winners in Powerball and Mega Millions are most often purchased by people who shop at these establishments. 

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How Much is Tuesday's Mega Millions Worth?

As we mentioned, there hasn't been a Mega Millions winner since December of last year so that game is due to produce a big money win. Based on our observations both Powerball and Mega Millions should get winners within the next three drawings.

The amount of money a single ticket holder could win on Tuesday night, March 19, 2024, is an estimated $875 million for the annuitized jackpot or $413.5 million if you opted to take the lump sum payout.

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We should note that historically the average jackpot payout on a Powerball ticket is $141 million. Mega Millions stats are similar based on the larger sample size. But both games modified the way they play and draw during the pandemic. This has led to much larger jackpots in those two multi-state lottery games.

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What Louisiana Lottery Draw Games Offer the Best Chance to Win?

The game with better odds for players is Easy 5. That game only requires a ticket holder to select five numbers between 1 and 37, inclusive. If your five numbers match the numbers drawn your payout on Wednesday night would be $110,000.

Lotto offers the second-best "odds" to win in Louisiana as far as draw games are concerned. That jackpot on Wednesday will be $825,000, estimated. To win a Lotto jackpot you must match six numbers between 1 and 42, inclusive on your ticket.

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The reason why Lotto and Easy 5 "odds" are a little better is that there are fewer choices to make and usually a much smaller participant pool. The winnings derived for those games are based on the amount of money put into the game each week.

One Important Fact to Consider About All Lottery Games

Most tickets are not winners. So, if you do choose to play, play responsibly and spend only what you can afford to lose. If you have an issue with gambling help is available free of charge. Call 1 -877-770-STOP (7867) for a free confidential referral to a qualified counselor.

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