Donaldsonville man claims lottery prize

One Ascension Parish resident is $700,000 richer after winning a prize during Saturday night’s Powerball drawing.

Bryon Davis, who lives on La. 1 in Donaldsonville, visited Louisiana Lottery headquarters in Baton Rouge on Tuesday to claim his $1 million prize after matching five numbers during Saturday’s drawing, a Louisiana Lottery news release stated.

The 50-year-old’s Quick Pick ticket correctly matched the first five numbers — 8, 28, 29, 34, 38 — but missed on the red Powerball number.

No ticket matched all six numbers during the drawing, and the Powerball jackpot increased as a result to $130 million for Saturday night’s drawing.

Davis received $700,000 after federal and state taxes were withheld from his winnings. Davis was unavailable for comment on Thursday.

The winning ticket was purchased at Bellina’s Grocery, which is located on St. Patrick Street in Donaldsonville.

Bellina’s Grocery owner Michael Bellina said this was the first time anyone had won a major lottery prize with a ticket bought at his store.

Bellina said one customer matched five out of six numbers on the Louisiana Lotto, winning roughly $2,500. However, no one at the store won even a $5,000 prize — much less $1 million.

Because Davis’ winning ticket was sold at Bellina’s Grocery, the store received a $10,000 bonus, the equivalent of 1 percent of Davis’ prize. Bellina said that the store’s bonus money had “already been spent.”

“I’ve got a refrigeration man here right now,” Bellina said during a phone interview on Thursday. “He’s going to take a big bulk of it. I had a job on the water storage tank. Those two jobs are going to be over and above” the $10,000 bonus.

However, Bellina said he wasn’t complaining about winning “free money,” or about the publicity that comes with it.

“People like to hear that,” he said. “They know now they have a chance to win something, so that’s great.”