- Associated Press - Sunday, February 9, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 69-year-old Baton Rouge man is Louisiana’s latest millionaire.

The Louisiana Lottery Corp. says Alex Bookter, a golf course manager for BREC, which operates public park and recreation facilities and programs in East Baton Rouge Parish, picked up his prize from lottery officials last week. Officials say he’s the first person to win a $1 million prize from the lottery this year.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1giZbsO) Bookter purchased a Quick Pick ticket from a Cracker Barrel store that matched the first five numbers drawn in the Jan. 29 Powerball drawing, but missed the red Powerball. The store will get a $10,000 selling bonus - 1 percent of the prize.

Bookter received $700,000 after federal and state taxes were withheld.

Bookter told the newspaper he was not interested in commenting on the winnings or generating publicity about the prize. In a statement from the lottery, Bookter said he might use some of the money to visit some of his favorite golf courses across the South after paying some bills.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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