BATON ROUGE – As of Thursday, no one has stepped forward to claim two Louisiana Lottery Mega Millions prizes won on March 14, 2014. A $5,000-winning ticket purchased at Brothers Food Mart No. 125 on LaPalco Boulevard in Harvey and a $15,000-winning ticket purchased at Cracker Barrel Store #42 on Brownswitch Road in Slidell are each set to expire Sept. 10, 2014.
Both winning tickets matched four of the five whiteball numbers drawn and the yellow Mega Ball number to win $5,000; However, the second winning ticket included the $1 Megaplier option which increased the prize to $15,000 when the Megaplier number 3X was drawn. The winning numbers for the March 14 drawing were 07 – 20 – 40 – 54 – 69 and the Mega Ball number was 12.
The holders of the winning tickets have until 5 p.m. on the date of expiration to claim their prizes, subject to the Lottery’s hours of operation. Winnings are subject to applicable federal and state tax withholdings. Prizes greater than $600 may be claimed at any of the Lottery’s five regional offices located throughout the state or at Lottery headquarters in Baton Rouge.
“We look forward to the winners coming forward to claim their prizes. In the meantime, the individuals should treat the tickets as cash,” said Lottery President Rose Hudson. “It is also a good idea to sign the backs of the tickets for security purposes.”
Winners of the Lottery’s draw-style games must claim their prize within 180 days of the drawing. After prizes have passed their redemption deadlines, they are deposited into the Lottery’s unclaimed prize fund, which is returned to players in the form of increased payouts on scratch-off games and player promotions.
Ticket purchasers must be at least 21 years of age. The Lottery encourages responsible play and urges anyone or friends of anyone with a gambling problem to call toll free 1-877-770-7867 for help. A list of large unclaimed prizes set to expire can be found on the Lottery’s website at www.louisianalottery.com/unclaimed-prizes.