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N.M. man had jackpot-winning lottery ticket in car for 2 months

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For almost two months, Dennis Romero of Albuquerque, New Mexico, drove around town with a lottery ticket worth $385,000 in the backseat of his car. 

On Friday afternoon, Romero discovered his good fortune.  Realizing he had unchecked tickets from May, he pulled into a store parking lot, grabbed the tickets and scanned them himself using a countertop ticket checker.

"When it said, 'Claim at lottery,' I knew I had won something big," Romero said.

On his quick-pick ticket for the May 29 Roadrunner Cash drawing, Romero matched the winning numbers of 4, 10 12, 31 and 32 to land the night's jackpot of $385,000.  His ticket included two other plays that paid $1 each. 

"From now on, I'm going to check my tickets more often," Romero told lottery officials in Albuquerque yesterday.

New Mexico Lottery tickets expire 90 days after the date of the drawing.

Romero said he's going to use his six-figure prize to pay bills and get ready for retirement.

The winner bought his lucky ticket at the 7-Eleven store located at 401 Copper Ave. NW in Albuquerque.  Previously, the store has sold eight other large prize-winning lottery tickets paying between $1,000 and $5,000.  For selling the jackpot-winning ticket, the store is eligible for a $1,000 lottery bonus.

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HaveABall's avatar - rocket

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Posted: July 22, 2014, 11:37 am - IP Logged

Congratulations, Dennis Romero, on your tidy lottery jackpot win! Banana

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    Nikkicute's avatar - nnjx1k
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    Posted: July 22, 2014, 11:39 am - IP Logged

    Another one with a winning ticket he didn't realise he had.

    This seems to happen a lot!

    Congrats thoughApprove

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      Posted: July 22, 2014, 12:24 pm - IP Logged

      At least he found the ticket before it expired.

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

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        Posted: July 22, 2014, 2:08 pm - IP Logged

        What Dennis is saying is..

        Check your lottery tickets on a regular basis & Don't wait for Months to go by before looking in on the backseat of your vehicle which can become a garbage dumpster if one has bad habits. 

        Nice catch Dennis & congratulations. 

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          Posted: July 22, 2014, 2:52 pm - IP Logged

          Mr. Romero ur very lucky,almost lost out on 300,grand. Congrats anyway.

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            Posted: July 22, 2014, 3:20 pm - IP Logged

            i check my tickets on a regular basis and I take good take of them. A lot of good it does me.

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              Posted: July 22, 2014, 4:13 pm - IP Logged

              You didn't clean your car for 2 months? Eeeek, Scared there might be roaches back there. Congrats on your win.

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                Posted: July 22, 2014, 4:32 pm - IP Logged

                i check my tickets on a regular basis and I take good take of them. A lot of good it does me.

                I think your doing wrong whiteballz, you've got to buy tickets and then toss them somewhere!

                OK, wait a while then check them to see if you win. lol hey, it just might work.

                  maringoman's avatar - kobold
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                  Posted: July 22, 2014, 4:52 pm - IP Logged

                  Nice catch Mr Romero.

                  It's a futile effort.

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                    Posted: July 22, 2014, 7:21 pm - IP Logged

                    Is that really all it takes to win?  Buy a few lottery tickets and stuff them in between the couch/chair cushions, or under your car seat, or ashtray, etc.  Why don't we all try that,  we will all be rich.  LOLCrazyStooges

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                      Posted: July 22, 2014, 8:59 pm - IP Logged

                      Is that really all it takes to win?  Buy a few lottery tickets and stuff them in between the couch/chair cushions, or under your car seat, or ashtray, etc.  Why don't we all try that,  we will all be rich.  LOLCrazyStooges

                      pickone4me, I have tried irresponsible and disrespectful lottery ticket placements; due to becoming inspired by several bigger lottery jackpot winners' stories on this website.  It didn't net me a BIG NET jackpot win yet.  It is coming to me, soon, though.  Cheers!

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                        Posted: July 23, 2014, 3:58 am - IP Logged

                        Congratulations Mr.Dennis Romero Spend Wisely Party

                                         

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                          Posted: July 24, 2014, 2:21 pm - IP Logged

                          I think your doing wrong whiteballz, you've got to buy tickets and then toss them somewhere!

                          OK, wait a while then check them to see if you win. lol hey, it just might work.

                          okay, I left my tickets in my car and I took a vow of poverty last week. So, I should win the jackpot and become a millionaire.

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                            Posted: July 24, 2014, 6:42 pm - IP Logged

                            Congrats Dennis, glad you found your ticket.

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