New Mexico Lottery suddenly terminates CEO
Board provides no explanation for action
The New Mexico Lottery's board of directors has voted to terminate the contract of chief executive officer Tom Romero, effective immediately.
Romero had been the lottery's executive vice president of security since its inception in 1996 and CEO since November 2006.
The seven-member, governor-appointed Lottery Authority Board voted unanimously to terminate Romero's contract Wednesday.
No reason was immediately given for the move and board membe ...
Nov 13, 2013, 11:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Firefighters donate lottery winnings to help colleague
A group of Albuquerque, New Mexico, firefighters who became Mega Millions winners this week said they're donating money to help save the life of one of their own.
In between fighting fires and saving lives, some firefighters found time to sprint to Circle K and get some mega millions tickets, and that effort paid off. Firefighter Jed Hyland said he had the winning ticket in hand when the numbers were announced.
Of course, with it being one day before April Fools' and firefighters being wh ...
Apr 5, 2012, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
New Mexico ticket wins Powerball's first $1M second prize
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
Last night the Powerball multi-state lottery held its first draw using its new prize structure, and a New Mexico Lottery player has the distinction of winning the first non-multiplied second-prize ticket worth $1 million.
The winning ticket matches the white ball numbers of 6, 29, 34, 44, and 50. The ticket missed the red Powerball of 28 for the night's $80 million jackpot.
This is the nation's first $1 million Powerball prize following Sunday's ...
Jan 19, 2012, 12:10 pm - Lottery News forum
N.M. lottery celebrates anniversary, tackles challenges
Amid revenue shortfall, officials launch new campaign to boost ticket sales
New Mexico Lottery officials this month are celebrating the 15th birthday of the lottery program with a special anniversary scratcher ticket and a new ad campaign.
Amid a revenue shortfall and the possibility that the lottery's scholarship money could be out of cash by 2014, the celebration is bittersweet.
This is a new era for us because we don't know how many people are going to play the lottery from now on, ...
Apr 25, 2011, 7:27 am - Lottery News forum
N.M. acts to save Lottery scholarship fund
A lottery-financed college scholarship program is running out of money, and lawmakers are looking for a fix that won't hamper efforts to encourage young New Mexicans to attend universities and colleges in the state.
The scholarship fund could be depleted by 2014 if nothing is done in the Legislature this session and tuition rates continue to rise sharply, according to the latest state projections.
The Senate Education Committee unanimously endorsed a measure Wednesday that would shore up t ...
Feb 11, 2011, 9:30 am - Lottery News forum
N.M. Lottery dog contest has entrants howling over voting cheats
By Todd Northrop
The New Mexico was forced to put their Lucky Dog Photo Contest on a leash yesterday when it was determined that some entrants were piling on extra votes.
Between Jan. 4 and Jan. 23, dog owners were able to submit photos of their dogs to the New Mexico Lottery. Entry was free, and the top 25 photos, based on public voting, will be finalists. The New Mexico Lottery will select six of those finalists to appear on a new line of scratch card tickets.
The Lucky Dog game, sche ...
Jan 26, 2011, 5:42 pm - Lottery News forum
N.M. Lottery rockin' out with new Kiss scratch game
Legendary rock band to have their own New Mexico Lottery scratcher game
Kiss, the iconic rock band that has sold more than 80 million albums, played in front of millions and become an integral part of the American fabric over a 37-year career, can now add the Kiss Scratcher Game to their staggering list of accomplishments.
Kiss and the New Mexico Lottery today announced that they have signed a licensing agreement that will introduce the band to the $225 billion-a-year global lottery indust ...
Jun 22, 2010, 4:30 pm - Lottery News forum
N.M. family claims $3.5M Hot Lotto jackpot
A retired couple from Ruidoso, New Mexico, and their two daughters from Austin, Texas claimed a $3.54 million Hot Lotto jackpot Monday.
The winners are Bill and Janet Swann and daughters Lisa Swann and Stacey Swann. They elected to take the prize in a cash payment of $2.24 million rather than the annuity option of 30 payments over 29 years.
Bill Swann purchased five tickets about eight hours before the Jan. 16 drawing. He went to bed a winner, but didn't know it until the next day when he ...
Jan 26, 2010, 8:13 am - Lottery News forum
N.M. teacher claims lottery prize 2 hours before it expires
With only two hours to spare, an Albuquerque teacher claimed a $10,000 Powerball prize scheduled to expire today at 4:30 p.m.
Chris Daskalos, a social studies teacher at the Albuquerque Talent Development Secondary Charter School, arrived at the New Mexico Lottery headquarters at 2:30 p.m. after clerks at the Chevron Redi-Mart No. 90 confirmed his ticket as a winner from the Sept. 16 Powerball drawing.
They said 'Hurry, hurry, you only have two hours,' Daskalos recalled. It was a squeaker ...
Dec 16, 2009, 8:34 pm - Lottery News forum
New Mexico lottery winner claims Hot Lotto jackpot
A New Mexico Lottery player from Elida a village in eastern New Mexico with a population of 183 people beat the odds of 1 in nearly 11 million to win a Hot Lotto jackpot of $1.1 million.
Aurbra King, 71, had the nation's only ticket matching the winning numbers of 5, 17, 23, 29, 39 and a Hot Ball of 15 from Wednesday's drawing.
King discovered his prize nearly 48 hours after the drawing when his children told him that a Friday morning TV newscast had announced that the New Mexico Lottery w ...
Nov 23, 2009, 5:49 pm - Lottery News forum