BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Gregory Guardia visited Lottery headquarters on Jan. 26 to claim a Louisiana Lottery $1 million Powerball prize.
The 30-year-old New Iberia resident's ticket matched all five white-ball numbers but missed the red Powerball number in the Jan. 6 drawing. Guardia is the last of three $1 million winners to claim their prize as a result of the world record Powerball jackpot run in January that eventually rose to $1.58 billion.
He received $700,000 after federal and state taxes were withheld. The winning ticket was purchased at Food N Fun #18 in New Iberia. The store will receive a one-time selling bonus of $10,000, which is 1 percent of the prize.
Food N Fun #18 Manager Jennifer Jones said her small town of New Iberia was buzzing with the news that her store had sold the winning ticket from the time she started her early morning shift the day after the drawing.
"Everybody was coming in the morning after and they kept telling us we sold a million dollar ticket," Jones said. "Everybody wanted to check their ticket and everything—it was something."