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SuperLotto-Winning Couple Strive to Keep a Low Profile in Inglewood

James and Mary Williams have seen more crime in the past year than they like to remember: Would-be burglars broke the windows of their Inglewood home; their daughter was assaulted outside the house, and their car was damaged in a hit-and-run accident.

So excuse them if they’ve been keeping a low profile since they scored big in SuperLotto–and became instant millionaires.

“We have to be careful around here,” Mary Williams, 54, said. “Half the stuff that happens (doesn’t) get reported. You can get your neighborhood against you if they think you’re making it and they’re not making it.”

The family will split a $19.76-million prize with Buena Park resident James Brooks, a 72-year-old retired aerospace worker who also held a winning ticket in last week’s drawing. That amounts to $9.88 million in annual checks of $395,200 for the next 20 years, lottery officials said. The first installment will arrive in four to six weeks.

The Williamses, who have owned a barbecue stand in Los Angeles for 15 years, said they plan to close the shop and buy a house in a safer neighborhood. They also hope to travel, to help their four children who range in age from 14 to 30, and donate to an Alzheimer’s hospice near their home.

“It’s the biggest thing that ever happened to me. It’s exciting,” James Williams, 54, said. “But there’s also the danger of being in this position. I have kids, and people are apt to kidnap (them) or hold them for ransom. . . . That’s the biggest thing that worries me now.”

The Williamses have been playing Lotto, the precursor of SuperLotto, almost every week since the game was introduced in California in October, 1986. They almost always bought two tickets, one with their own choice of numbers and another with a combination picked by the computer.

James Williams bought his lucky ticket on his way to work on New Year’s Day. Although he made a special stop at Richard’s Market in Inglewood to buy the tickets, he says he wasn’t feeling any luckier than usual.

It wasn’t until last Friday when he was on his way to pick up some supplies that he checked his $5 Quick Pick ticket and saw it had the winning combination. Despite his good fortune, he calmly finished his business and then returned home to tell his wife.

“I asked her, ‘What do you think about Jesus?’ She said, ‘He’s all right.’ I asked again. She said the same thing,” Williams said. “Then I told her she didn’t want to be on the telephone right now.”

He handed her the ticket and a copy of the card bearing the winning numbers.

“I told her we had it, but she didn’t take my word for it,” Williams said. “She had to look at it three or four times before she believed it.”

So far, the couple have gone about their life as usual. But there has been one change: For the first time in their lives, the family barbecue stand has been closing at 7 p.m. instead of 10 p.m.

“My husband, he works all the time. And I used to argue with him, ‘Why are you working so hard,’ ” Mary Williams said. “But the other day we were sitting at the table together and I said, ‘Boy, it’s worth $1 million just having you with me.’ ”

* SuperLotto, in which players pick six of 51 numbers, replaced Lotto last month.

* The odds of the new game are 1 in 18 million, slightly better than those of Lotto, which were 1 in 23 million.

* Drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:56 p.m.

* Under the Lottery Act of 1985, 50% of total sales are returned to players in prizes, at least 34% is earmarked for public education, and 16% is for operating the games.

James and Mary Williams have seen more crime in the past year than they like to remember: Would-be burglars broke the windows of their Inglewood home; their daughter was assaulted outside the house, and their car was damaged in a hit-and-run accident.

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The Drawing

Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday evening at 9:59 p.m. in Tallahassee, Florida. Make sure you buy your tickets for each Powerball drawing by 9 p.m. on the day of the drawing. Tickets purchased after 9 p.m. on drawing nights will be valid for the next drawing(s). Powerball winning numbers are displayed on Official Draw Show stations every Wednesday and Saturday night and updated on this website.

How Power Play Works

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How Multidraw Works

Save time with multidraw by playing your numbers for multiple drawings. You can play 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 or 20 consecutive drawings. When you claim a prize, you’ll receive an Exchange ticket for the balance of the drawings remaining.

How the Jackpot Works

The advertised Powerball jackpot represents an estimate of the annuity amount, which is paid in 30 graduated installments, with the first paid at the time the prize is claimed. There is also a cash prize payment option equal to the jackpot prize pool. Jackpot prizes are pari-mutuel and are divided equally among all jackpot-winning tickets.

Jackpot prizes are available for payment after the 15th calendar day following the drawing, and winners have 60 days from the date of claim to decide on a payment option.

Ways to Play

Paper Playslip. In blue or black ink, fill in your numbers and game options on a paper playslip available in the retailer’s Lottery Play Center. You may play up to five sets of numbers on each playslip.
Digital Playslip. Select and save your numbers and game options on the Louisiana Lottery Official Mobile App and show the resulting code at checkout for your ticket to print.
Ask the Retailer. If you want a Quick Pick, tell the clerk. You can play up to 10 Quick Picks on one ticket.
Replay Feature. To play the same numbers, number of drawings and game options as on a previously played ticket, present it to the retailer and ask for a Replay!

Powerball can also be played with other Lottery draw-style games. Find out more about our game bundling options!

Power Play does not apply to the jackpot prize. A Power Play match-5 prize is set at $2 million regardless of the multiplier drawn. All prizes including Power Play prizes may become pari-mutuel if claims exceed available prize funds.

The advertised Jackpot Prize represents an estimate of the annuity amount which would be paid in 30 graduated installments. The jackpot prize is pari-mutuel, meaning it will be divided equally among multiple winners. In accordance with game rules certain Power Play prizes may become pari-mutuel if claims exceed available prize funds. Power Play does not apply to the Jackpot Prize.

Draw Date Winning Numbers Jackpot
Non Power Play Power Play
Winners Prize Winners Prize
+ 0 Jackpot N/A N/A
0 $1,000,000 0 $2,000,000
+ 0 $50,000 1 $100,000
9 $100 5 $200
+ 11 $100 6 $200
+ 257 $7 142 $14
209 $7 110 $14
+ 1,856 $4 821 $8
4,819 $4 2,382 $8
Last Updated: Nov 21, 2020 11:25 PM
Non Power Play Power Play
Winners Prize Winners Prize
+ 0 Jackpot N/A N/A
0 $1,000,000 0 $2,000,000
+ 0 $50,000 0 $100,000
3 $100 1 $200
+ 2 $100 9 $200
+ 256 $7 133 $14
223 $7 112 $14
+ 1,638 $4 796 $8
3,654 $4 1,752 $8
Last Updated: Nov 21, 2020 11:25 PM
Non Power Play Power Play
Winners Prize Winners Prize
+ 0 Jackpot N/A N/A
0 $1,000,000 0 $2,000,000
+ 1 $50,000 0 $100,000
3 $100 3 $200
+ 10 $100 7 $200
+ 335 $7 141 $14
213 $7 110 $14
+ 1,820 $4 870 $8
4,024 $4 1,774 $8
Last Updated: Nov 18, 2020 11:15 PM
Non Power Play Power Play
Winners Prize Winners Prize
+ 0 Jackpot N/A N/A
0 $1,000,000 0 $2,000,000
+ 0 $50,000 0 $100,000
2 $100 2 $200
+ 11 $100 6 $200
+ 233 $7 119 $14
229 $7 119 $14
+ 1,605 $4 853 $8
3,780 $4 1,876 $8
Last Updated: Nov 14, 2020 11:15 PM
Non Power Play Power Play
Winners Prize Winners Prize
+ 0 Jackpot N/A N/A
0 $1,000,000 0 $2,000,000
+ 0 $50,000 0 $100,000
2 $100 0 $200
+ 18 $100 4 $200
+ 257 $7 120 $14
225 $7 88 $14
+ 1,665 $4 766 $8
4,038 $4 1,969 $8
Last Updated: Nov 11, 2020 11:30 PM
Non Power Play Power Play
Winners Prize Winners Prize
+ 0 Jackpot N/A N/A
0 $1,000,000 0 $2,000,000
+ 0 $50,000 0 $100,000
3 $100 1 $200
+ 8 $100 5 $200
+ 254 $7 137 $14
168 $7 84 $14
+ 1,366 $4 662 $8
3,326 $4 1,623 $8
Last Updated: Nov 07, 2020 11:05 PM
Non Power Play Power Play
Winners Prize Winners Prize
+ 0 Jackpot N/A N/A
0 $1,000,000 0 $2,000,000
+ 1 $50,000 1 $150,000
4 $100 0 $300
+ 9 $100 5 $300
+ 261 $7 122 $21
195 $7 89 $21
+ 1,524 $4 759 $12
3,433 $4 1,832 $12
Last Updated: Nov 04, 2020 11:35 PM
Non Power Play Power Play
Winners Prize Winners Prize
+ 0 Jackpot N/A N/A
0 $1,000,000 0 $2,000,000
+ 0 $50,000 0 $100,000
5 $100 1 $200
+ 13 $100 7 $200
+ 214 $7 126 $14
170 $7 105 $14
+ 1,447 $4 745 $8
3,455 $4 1,770 $8
Last Updated: Oct 31, 2020 11:35 PM
Non Power Play Power Play
Winners Prize Winners Prize
+ 0 Jackpot N/A N/A
1 $1,000,000 0 $2,000,000
+ 0 $50,000 0 $100,000
3 $100 1 $200
+ 10 $100 9 $200
+ 281 $7 139 $14
216 $7 107 $14
+ 1,647 $4 788 $8
3,882 $4 1,770 $8
Last Updated: Oct 28, 2020 11:40 PM
Non Power Play Power Play
Winners Prize Winners Prize
+ 0 Jackpot N/A N/A
0 $1,000,000 0 $2,000,000
+ 1 $50,000 0 $150,000
3 $100 0 $300
+ 14 $100 6 $300
+ 231 $7 114 $21
210 $7 96 $21
+ 1,406 $4 640 $12
3,237 $4 1,577 $12
Last Updated: Oct 24, 2020 11:10 PM
Non Power Play Power Play
Winners Prize Winners Prize
+ 0 Jackpot N/A N/A
0 $1,000,000 0 $2,000,000
+ 0 $50,000 0 $100,000
1 $100 2 $200
+ 13 $100 7 $200
+ 268 $7 113 $14
212 $7 106 $14
+ 1,524 $4 740 $8
3,407 $4 1,718 $8
Last Updated: Oct 21, 2020 11:30 PM
Non Power Play Power Play
Winners Prize Winners Prize
+ 0 Jackpot N/A N/A
0 $1,000,000 0 $2,000,000
+ 1 $50,000 0 $100,000
0 $100 1 $200
+ 8 $100 2 $200
+ 197 $7 81 $14
146 $7 80 $14
+ 1,208 $4 629 $8
3,063 $4 1,642 $8
Last Updated: Oct 17, 2020 11:20 PM
Non Power Play Power Play
Winners Prize Winners Prize
+ 0 Jackpot N/A N/A
0 $1,000,000 0 $2,000,000
+ 1 $50,000 0 $150,000
2 $100 1 $300
+ 9 $100 5 $300
+ 196 $7 106 $21
153 $7 85 $21
+ 1,268 $4 658 $12
2,840 $4 1,424 $12
Last Updated: Oct 14, 2020 11:45 PM
Non Power Play Power Play
Winners Prize Winners Prize
+ 0 Jackpot N/A N/A
0 $1,000,000 0 $2,000,000
+ 0 $50,000 0 $100,000
2 $100 1 $200
+ 9 $100 8 $200
+ 223 $7 110 $14
175 $7 67 $14
+ 1,296 $4 613 $8
3,027 $4 1,583 $8
Last Updated: Oct 10, 2020 11:10 PM
Non Power Play Power Play
Winners Prize Winners Prize
+ 0 Jackpot N/A N/A
0 $1,000,000 0 $2,000,000
+ 0 $50,000 0 $100,000
6 $100 5 $200
+ 6 $100 7 $200
+ 235 $7 129 $14
185 $7 83 $14
+ 1,357 $4 715 $8
3,289 $4 1,689 $8
Last Updated: Oct 03, 2020 11:20 PM
Non Power Play Power Play
Winners Prize Winners Prize
+ 0 Jackpot N/A N/A
0 $1,000,000 0 $2,000,000
+ 0 $50,000 0 $100,000
2 $100 1 $200
+ 7 $100 6 $200
+ 188 $7 105 $14
142 $7 72 $14
+ 1,152 $4 633 $8
2,792 $4 1,490 $8
Last Updated: Oct 03, 2020 11:20 PM
Non Power Play Power Play
Winners Prize Winners Prize
+ 0 Jackpot N/A N/A
0 $1,000,000 0 $2,000,000
+ 0 $50,000 1 $150,000
4 $100 2 $300
+ 12 $100 5 $300
+ 211 $7 112 $21
198 $7 97 $21
+ 1,374 $4 714 $12
3,114 $4 1,650 $12
Last Updated: Sep 30, 2020 11:30 PM
Non Power Play Power Play
Winners Prize Winners Prize
+ 0 Jackpot N/A N/A
0 $1,000,000 0 $2,000,000
+ 0 $50,000 0 $100,000
1 $100 2 $200
+ 10 $100 4 $200
+ 162 $7 95 $14
120 $7 67 $14
+ 1,027 $4 550 $8
2,467 $4 1,281 $8
Last Updated: Sep 26, 2020 11:05 PM
Non Power Play Power Play
Winners Prize Winners Prize
+ 0 Jackpot N/A N/A
0 $1,000,000 0 $2,000,000
+ 0 $50,000 0 $200,000
3 $100 2 $400
+ 5 $100 7 $400
+ 215 $7 113 $28
172 $7 79 $28
+ 1,278 $4 649 $16
2,978 $4 1,465 $16
Last Updated: Sep 19, 2020 11:35 PM
Non Power Play Power Play
Winners Prize Winners Prize
+ 0 Jackpot N/A N/A
0 $1,000,000 0 $2,000,000
+ 0 $50,000 0 $100,000
4 $100 3 $200
+ 11 $100 3 $200
+ 233 $7 113 $14
162 $7 79 $14
+ 1,277 $4 640 $8
3,073 $4 1,427 $8
Last Updated: Sep 16, 2020 11:35 PM

No. State law prevents the sale of Louisiana Lottery products through the Internet. Only licensed retailers are legally authorized to sell Louisiana Lottery tickets.

Yes! The multidraw features on the Lottery’s draw-style games allows players to purchase plays for multiple drawings, up to 14 for Pick 3 and Pick 4 and up to 20 for Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto and Easy 5. If you win a prize during one of the drawings, you do not have to wait until the last drawing has occurred before collecting those winnings. When you cash a winning multidraw ticket with drawings still remaining, the Lottery’s terminal system will print out an exchange ticket good for the balance of the remaining drawings and with the same numbers as on your original ticket. The retailer will retain the original ticket as it is no longer valid and give your exchange ticket with your winnings.

Winning scratch-off tickets can be claimed up to 90 days following the closure of the game. A list of closed games and end-of-redemption dates can be found on this website. Winning draw-style game tickets can be claimed up to 180 days following the drawing in which the prize was won.

Winners have 60 days after the ticket is validated by the lottery to elect either the annuity or cash payment option.

Since joining the multistate game in March 1995, Louisiana has had a total of 17 Powerball jackpot winners. Here they are:

2/14/1996
$35 million
Mascaro, Et Al, A Louisiana Partnership
New Orleans, LA

2/28/1996
$21 million
JPHL, L.L.C.
Metairie, LA

7/17/1996
$24 million
Glawson Family Partnership
Lafayette, LA

8/30/1997
$25 million
Lemuel R. Boyer, Jr.
Ridgeland, MS

8/18/1999
$32 million
James M. Hambrick
Lufkin, TX

12/27/2000
$16.5 million
Tommy Lee Adams
Jacksonville, NC

3/27/2002
$48.1 million
Jerry Berggren and Cathy DeMuynck
Kenner, LA

2/22/2003
$21 million
Cello Investments, LLC
Belle Chase, LA

2/12/2005
$40.6 million
The Duchess Trust
Baton Rouge, LA

9/30/2006
$15 million
Jane Jabert
Cut Off, LA

9/29/2007
$15 million
William Heid Jr.
Chauvin, LA

1/16/2008
$97 million
Carl Hunter
Metairie, LA

5/31/2008
$34.1 million
Emilia M. Delgado
Kenner, LA

7/31/2010
$85.7 million
H & N Family Partnership
Baton Rouge, LA

5/25/2013
$50 million (Jackpot split among three winning tickets sold in Louisiana, Florida and Delaware)
The Williams Trust
New Orleans, LA

10/25/2017
$191.1 million
292 Family Partnership
Eunice, LA

3/24/2018
$55.9 million
The Moose Family Trust
Lafayette, LA

The prize on a winning lottery ticket may be split among a group of ticket owners; however only one prize check is issued. The prize check is issued to either one person or legal entity (partnership, trust, etc.). Each member of the group provides a completed IRS Form W-9 for tax reporting purposes at the time of the claim. The person receiving the check for the group also provides picture identification and is responsible for distributing the winnings to the group members.

For a prize paid in a single payment, the check recipient may choose to complete a Federal Form 5754 that ensures the tax obligation of the prize is distributed among the group members according to the gross prize amount of each person’s share. The Federal Form 5754 allows the Lottery to send a separate W-2G tax form to each individual winner noting the amount won and withheld on their behalf.

The Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot prize may be paid in the annuity payment format or the single payment cash option. The group members must decide on one payment option; it is not possible for some group members to take the cash option and others to choose the annuity.

While it is not necessary for a group of people to form a legal entity to claim the cash option, the Lottery asks a group of winners to form a legal entity with an assigned tax identification number for a jackpot prize paid in annual installments. This simplifies the tax reporting and prize distribution for a group of people receiving payments over an extended time.

When claiming a prize as a legal entity, the legal document organizing the entity must list the name of each member of the group, their city of residence, and the portion of the prize each person will receive.

The Lottery encourages all players to seek financial advice before claiming a large jackpot prize.

As with all claims, the names of those receiving prize funds and their city of residence is public record.

Players should sign the back of their ticket for security purposes, secure their ticket and treat it as cash. We also recommend that players who believe they hold a Powerball, Mega Millions or Lotto jackpot-winning ticket contact the Lottery’s headquarters immediately at 225-297-2000 to schedule a time to claim their prize and have their questions answered. This will facilitate a smooth prize payment process. Players who believe they hold a jackpot-winning ticket must bring the original ticket to the Lottery’s corporate headquarters in Baton Rouge within 180 days of the drawing in which the prize was won for verification and any prize payment. The Lottery recommends that before coming to claim a jackpot prize, winners get financial advice so they fully understand the tax or other legal implications involved.

If you win more than $600 and are therefore required to claim your prize at a Lottery office, you will be required to complete a claim form for tax purposes. Under the Lottery’s statute, all prize payment records are open records, meaning that the public has a right to request the information. Depending upon the amount won and public or media interest in the win, winners may NOT be able to remain anonymous. The statute also allows the Lottery to use winners’ names and city of residence for publicity purposes such as news releases. The Lottery’s regular practice is not to use winner information in paid advertising or product promotion without the winner’s willingness to participate.

When a prize is claimed it becomes the property of that individual, even if the prize is paid out as an annuity. Hence, all winnings become a part of the estate of the deceased.

Game Features Join players from across the country to win multimillion-dollar jackpots – plus eight other prize levels – every Wednesday & Saturday. Choose five numbers from 1 through 69 and one