by The Times-Picayune, Monday June 02, 2008, 8:02 AM

For the second time this year a winning Powerball ticket has been purchased in the New Orleans area.

The latest, worth $34.1 million, was sold in Gretna. The ticket matched all the numbers in the Saturday drawing, state lottery officials said.

A second ticket sold in Belle Chasse is worth $800,000. It matched the first five numbers, but missed the Powerball. The ticket included the multiplier of four.

In January, a Powerball ticket worth $97 million was purchased at a Metairie gas station. The winner, Carl Hunter of Metairie, claimed his winnings in May. It was the largest lottery payout ever recorded in Louisiana.

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