Baton Rouge man wins $1 million La. Powerball prize

A 69-year-old BREC golf course manager became a millionaire this week after winning a Louisiana Lottery Powerball prize.

Baton Rouge resident Alex Bookter purchased a Quick Pick ticket that matched all five whiteball numbers but missed the Powerball number in the Jan. 29 drawing.

When reached for comment Friday afternoon, Bookter said he wasn’t interested in commenting on his winnings or generating publicity about the prize.

Bookter did tell Louisiana Lottery officials he may use some of the money to visit some of his favorite golf courses across the South after paying some bills, according to a lottery news release.

Bookter was awarded $700,000 after federal and state taxes were withheld from his $1 million prize.

Bookter purchased the winning Powerball ticket from a Cracker Barrel store on South Foster Drive. The store will receive a selling bonus of $10,000 — 1 percent of the prize — for selling the winning ticket.

Bookter, who picked up his prize from lottery officials Wednesday, is the first person to win a $1 million prize from the Louisiana Lottery this year, lottery officials said.