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Louisiana nurse claims $34.1M Powerball lottery jackpot

PowerballPowerball: Louisiana nurse claims $34.1M Powerball lottery jackpot

After 13 years of giving of herself as a neonatal intensive care nurse, it was Emilia Delgado's turn to receive when she won the $34.1 million Powerball jackpot from the May 31 drawing.

Ms. Delgado's win marked the third Powerball jackpot won in Louisiana in just the last eight months.

The 45-year-old Kenner resident said she is a regular Lottery player.

While taking her mother to a doctor's appointment, Delgado said she stopped for "less expensive" gas at Brothers Food Mart #115 on Terry Parkway in Gretna. With the gas, she also purchased the Powerball quick-pick ticket that netted her the jackpot.

Brothers Food Mart will receive a one-time bonus of $25,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Delgado recalled the exciting and unnerving process of checking her ticket against the winning numbers on the Lottery's Web site to discover she had won.  She was so incredulous that she also went to buy a newspaper and drove by a Powerball jackpot billboard to make sure that the jackpot had indeed been hit.

The Powerball jackpot is advertised as a 30-installment annuity, but winners can opt to receive the cash value instead.  Delgado chose the one-time cash prize payment option, which was $16,195,787.02.  Lottery prizes of over $5,000 are subject to federal and state tax withholdings.

With her winnings, Delgado said she plans to help her family.

The winning numbers for the May 31 drawing were 03-09-14-17-25 and the Powerball was 08.

Delgado's lucky prize marks the 13th jackpot won in Louisiana since the Lottery joined the multi-state game in 1995, and the third jackpot won in the last eight months.

In addition to Delgado's win, the Powerball jackpot was won in Louisiana on Jan. 16 by Carl Hunter of Metairie, who claimed $97 million, and on Sept. 29, 2007, by William Heid Jr. of Chauvin, who claimed $15 million.

Thanks to MaddMike51 for the tip.

Press Release, Lottery Post Staff

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ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
United States
Member #56506
November 21, 2007
6537 Posts
Posted: June 10, 2008, 8:08 pm - IP Logged

While taking her mother to a doctor's appointment, Delgado said she stopped for "less expensive" gas at Brothers Food Mart #115 on TerryParkway in Gretna. With the gas, she also purchased the Powerball quick-pick ticket that netted her the jackpot.

She is very lucky and $16 million dollars richer because she decided to buy the less expensive gas and a quick pick. I bet if she had decided to go to any old place to get gas, we wouldn't be reading about it. Congrats to her!

"No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

    Pogo's avatar - wfl
    United States
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    January 1, 2006
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    Posted: June 10, 2008, 10:00 pm - IP Logged

    Nice win - Congrats!!! Pogo

      United States
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      February 18, 2008
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      Posted: June 10, 2008, 10:19 pm - IP Logged

      Congratulations to Ms. Delgado!

        Litebets27's avatar - power
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        Member #10465
        January 14, 2005
        6065 Posts
        Posted: June 10, 2008, 11:05 pm - IP Logged

        Congratulations to Ms. Delgado.

        I love to hear stories of nurses winning.

        I hope   that my win will come soon!!


        Feeling,  PRICELESS!!!Banana

        Come on Jackpot!!!

          konane's avatar - wallace
          Atlanta, GA
          United States
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          March 13, 2003
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          Posted: June 11, 2008, 8:51 am - IP Logged

          Congratulations to her!!!!!  Party

          Good luck to everyone!

            DC81's avatar - batman39
            United States
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            August 31, 2007
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            Posted: June 11, 2008, 10:56 am - IP Logged

            Congrats to her... Hope she has a long, happy life without the potential problems many lottery winners seem to have. It took her less than two weeks to claim but I'd assume that during that nine or ten days she at least got some things set up and prepared. I'm kind of surprised the two winners of the 17 million Mega Millions haven't come forward yet and I'm assuming the winner (or winners if it was a lottery pool) that won the 195 million MM a week before must still be getting things worked out or their biding their time for things to die down before coming forward.

            You can't predict random.

              wizeguy's avatar - animaniacs04

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              May 10, 2005
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              Posted: June 11, 2008, 11:43 pm - IP Logged

              Congrats Ms Delgado! Chalk another one up for the QuikPik Thumbs Up