Players of Louisiana Lottery games must be 21 years or older to buy or redeem tickets, which can be purchased at approximately 2,600 retailers throughout the state. Minors cannot buy tickets, but they can win prizes, which will be paid to the minor's guardian.
Fifty cents of every dollar in tickets is returned to players in the form of prizes, while 35 cents in every dollar is passed along to the state treasury. Since 2004 this money for the state has been used to help fund education.
Prizes of less than $600 can be redeemed at any Louisiana Lottery retailer, at lottery offices in New Orleans, Lafayette, Alexandria, Monroe and Shreveport, the head office in Baton Rouge, or by mailing the ticket, signed and addressed on the back. Prizes of more than $600 can be claimed by mail, or at any of the lottery offices, with the exception of jackpots over $510,000, for these you must visit the Baton Rouge head office.
Prizes are not exempt from Federal tax, and by law, for prizes more than $5,000 Louisiana Lottery must withhold some of the winning for Federal and State Income taxes. Louisiana Lottery must notify the Internal Revenue Service of prize winnings of $600 or more.
Louisiana Lottery advise that as soon as possible after purchasing your ticket you should sign the back of the ticket, as if tickets are unsigned anyone in possession of a winning ticket may file a claim.