“I always play Easy 5,” explained Beard, age 52. “I like it because ezmatch gives me the chance to win instantly.” For an additional $1, players can add ezmatch to their Easy 5 ticket for the chance to win up to $250 instantly.
Beard received $118,027 after federal and state taxes were withheld. He shared that he plans to use his winnings to pay bills.
Beard bought his winning ticket from Tobacco Plus #10 on Tunica Drive in Marksville. The store will receive a one-time selling bonus of $1,686 or 1 percent of the jackpot prize. The winning numbers for the December 29 Easy 5 drawing were 07-10-12-24-30.
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.