BATON ROUGE, La. – Just before noon this morning at the Louisiana Lottery's
headquarters in Baton Rouge, local attorney Stephanie LaBorde claimed the
$40.6 million Feb. 12 Powerball jackpot prize on behalf of her client,
who established The Duchess Trust to receive the winnings.
The winner chose the one-time cash payment option of $23,041,529.64, which
amounted to $16,129,070.75 after state and federal taxes were withheld.
According to LaBorde, her client is a 55-year-old, long-time Baton Rouge
resident who owns her own governmental relations practice. She also said
the winner was a regular Lottery player who purchased $5 dollars worth
of Powerball tickets every Saturday.
LaBorde said her client plans to pay off debt, help friends, family and
charitable causes, and slow down a bit. "She's also revised the budget
for purchasing a replacement house since hers is currently up for sale," said
About one week before hitting the Powerball jackpot, LaBorde said the
winner adopted an abandoned Labrador retriever and called him her "lucky
dog," since the dog was destined for a better life. "She's convinced
the dog was her good luck talisman," said LaBorde of the winner.
The winning ticket was purchased at 6:42 p.m. on Feb. 12 at the Shell
Food Mart on College Drive. The ticket was a quick pick, meaning the Lottery's
terminal randomly selected the numbers. The retailer will receive a $25,000
bonus for selling the winning ticket. The winning numbers for the Feb.
12 drawing were 18-21-28-49-50 and the Powerball was 16.
There have been eight previous Louisiana Powerball jackpot winners. The
Feb. 12 jackpot was the second largest single-ticket jackpot winner sold
in Louisiana and the first ever sold in Baton Rouge. The last time a Powerball
jackpot was won in Louisiana was Feb. 22, 2003, claimed by Cello Investments
LLC of Belle Chase.
The Lottery encourages anyone who thinks they may have a gambling problem
or has friends or family who may have a gambling problem to call toll free
1-877-770-7867. Ticket purchasers must be at least 21 years of age.