Convent man claims $100,000 lotto prize
BATON ROUGE - A first-time lottery player claimed his winnings from a $100,000 scratch-off ticket in Baton Rouge today.
Lottery officials said Mark Anderson, 51, of Convent bought the $5 Queen of Hearts ticket in Gonzales after a suggestion from his friend Stephen Smith. Anderson said Smith also gave him the quarter to scratch off the ticket.
Anderson received $70,000 after federal and state taxes were withheld. Lottery officials said the Queen of Hearts game still had one top prize remaining.
Scratch-off game prizes must be claimed within 90 days of the announced game closure. Lottery officials said purchasers should sign the backs of their tickets immediately after buying them.
IMAGE: Louisiana Lottery
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