Lottery players in Louisiana I have good news for you. There will be at least one big-money lottery win on a state-sold ticket before this Sunday. As an observer of the Louisiana Lottery and its draw games, namely Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto, and Easy 5, I can tell you with similar accuracy to a Drew Brees pass that there will be a ticket cashed from one of those games worth \$10,000 or more.

My reasons for taking such a stand on games of chance and the appearance of Lady Luck are more mathematically based than based on any hunch or superstition. The big-money multi-state games such as Powerball and Mega Millions generally get a winner about the time the jackpots reach half of a billion dollars.

If you haven't checked the jackpot amounts for Mega Millions and Powerball, the Mega Millions game which will have its next drawing on Friday night is an estimated \$427 million dollars. By the way, there has never been a Mega Millions jackpot winner sold in Louisiana, so you could be the first and make history in more ways than one.

The Powerball jackpot will have a drawing on Saturday. The estimated jackpot in that game will be \$590 million dollars. By the way, there was no big-money winner in Louisiana for Wednesday's Powerball game from last night. However, Monday's game did produce a \$50,000 winner that was sold in the state.

If you add Powerball and Mega Millions together an extremely lucky lottery player could conceivably claim over \$1 billion dollars with jackpot wins in those games this weekend. Now, if we really want to dream big let's look at the two other draw games with nice jackpots heading into this weekend.

The Lotto Jackpot is approaching one million dollars. For Saturday night it's estimated that game's top prize will be \$925,000. The Easy 5 Game has a jackpot of \$180,000. The Lotto game hasn't had a big winner since May 6th. Easy 5 has not paid out a jackpot since Memorial Day Weekend, so both of those games are primed to get a winner as well.

Remember most lottery tickets sold are not winners and you need to play responsibly if you choose to play at all. If you feel as if gambling has become a problem in your life please call 1-877-770 STOP (7867). You will be referred free of charge to a counselor who can assist you with your questions and concerns.  Good Luck.

## 20 Hit Songs That Another Country Artist Passed On

Some of country's biggest hits almost sounded a lot different, all because some artists passed on tracks that wound up being big singles for others.

Dierks Bentley passed on "Whiskey Lullaby," and the song sat for three years before Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss cut it as a duet. Jason Aldean's "Big Green Tractor" was almost a hit for another well-known male, and Frankie Ballard passed on a song that became a big hit for Blake Shelton. Ballard felt it just "wasn't him."

Here are 20 songs another artist passed on first. In most cases they regret it.