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Baton Rouge man claims $1 million Powerball prize

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News) – Alex Bookter visited Louisiana Lottery headquarters in Baton Rouge on Wednesday to claim the first $1 million Powerball prize won in Louisiana this year.

The 69-year-old Baton Rouge resident's Quick Pick ticket matched all five whiteball numbers but missed the Powerball number in the Jan. 29 drawing. Bookter received $700,000 after federal and state taxes were withheld. An avid golfer, Bookter said he may visit a few of his favorite courses across the South after paying a few bills.

He purchased the winning ticket at Cracker Barrel #54 on South Foster Drive in Baton Rouge. The store will receive a selling bonus of $10,000, which is 1 percent of the prize.

Ticket purchasers must be at least 21 years of age. Draw-style game tickets must be claimed within 180 days of the drawing. Anyone who may have a gambling problem or friends and family of anyone with a gambling problem should call toll free 1-877-770-7867 for help.

For security purposes, the Lottery strongly encourages players to sign the back of their tickets immediately after purchasing. More information about other Powerball winners can be found on the Lottery's website, www.louisianalottery.com.

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