A Lafayette tax attorney has claimed an Oct. 25 Powerball drawing worth more than $190 million on behalf of three family members who describe themselves as a "quiet family and prefer not to be treated as celebrities."
The winner of the largest prize in Louisiana Lottery history still has not come forward to claim it, a week after the jackpot drawing.
The Louisiana Lottery announced Tuesday that the attorney, Jean C. Breaux, Jr., represents a family partnership with three members, one of whom purchased the winning ticket for $191.1 million from Brownie’s Shop Rite in Eunice. He took it to work with him on an offshore oil platform and back via helicopter, the Lottery said in a news release.
Breaux presented the winning ticket at Lottery headquarters Tuesday morning on behalf of the 292 Family Partnership. A photograph of the winning ticket was included with a news release announcing the claim.
The winners opted for a lump sum pre-tax payment of nearly $120 million, the largest single payout in Louisiana Lottery history. The partnership would take home $83.7 million after state and federal taxes. A winning Powerball jackpot ticket has been sold in Louisiana 16 times since the state joined multistate drawing in 1995, according to the Lottery.
The Lottery’s news release quoted a statement from the family in which they said they were elated to have won, adding that they are “ a quiet family and prefer not to be treated as celebrities.” They said they like to travel and plan to do more of it after partially retiring.
Breaux said his clients played the Lottery regularly, keeping copies of their Powerball tickets.
Brownie’s, the Eunice store that sold the winning ticket, will get a $25,000 bonus for selling it. Owner Jeffery Duplechin said he plans to take his family on a small vacation with some of the windfall, the Lottery news release states.
The winning numbers for the Oct. 25 drawing were 18-22-29-54-57 and the Powerball was 8.
The last time a Powerball jackpot-winning ticket was sold in Louisiana was May 2013. The prize is also the largest single amount won in Louisiana Lottery history. Previously, the largest prize won in Louisiana was a $97 million Powerball jackpot from the Jan. 16, 2008, drawing, which was claimed by a Metairie man.