BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A man whose home was damaged by floodwaters in August is Louisiana’s latest millionaire.
Central resident James Lapeze won $1 million by matching five of the numbers drawn for the Oct. 1 game. The 72-year-old says he couldn’t believe his eyes when he checked his ticket and saw that he’d matched all but the red Powerball.
The numbers drawn were: 2, 12, 50, 61, 64 and Powerball 1.
The Louisiana Lottery, in a release Thursday, said Lapeze claimed his winnings - $700,000 after state and federal taxes were withheld - on Friday. He plans to use the money to pay off his home and enjoy retirement.
The winning ticket was sold at Romero’s Food Mart in Central, which received a one-time selling bonus of $10,000 or 1 percent of the prize.
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