Vacherie woman wins $50,000 in state lottery

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 22, 2008

NEW ORLEANS – June LeBlanc of Vacherie didn’t think she won a prize from the Easy 5 drawing on Aug. 2 until a co-worker called at 5  a.m. on Sunday telling her to check her numbers. Someone in their area had won the $50,000 jackpot.

“I saw the winning numbers Saturday night, but mixed up my Lotto and Easy 5 tickets. I was disappointed that I had the right numbers for the wrong game!” exclaimed LeBlanc, age 46.

“When I rechecked my numbers and saw that my first number matched, I just started crying,” said LeBlanc. “I couldn’t go back to sleep after that.” She said she plans to buy a lawnmower and pay bills with her winnings.

On two other Easy 5 tickets, LeBlanc matched two numbers and won $1 on each. She purchased her winning tickets from Sunshine Truck & Casino Plaza in St. James. The retailer will receive a bonus of $500 for selling LeBlanc her winning ticket.

LeBlanc claimed her prize at the Louisiana Lottery Corporation’s New Orleans regional office. The winning numbers from the Aug. 2 drawing were 07-11-13-23-32.

Players must be at least 21 years of age to purchase a Lottery ticket.  Anyone who has a gambling problem or friends and family of anyone with a gambling problem are encouraged to call toll-free 1-877-770-7867 for help.

For more winning numbers and information about Easy 5, visit the Lottery’s Web site,