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New Mexico lottery winner claims Hot Lotto jackpot

Hot LottoHot Lotto: New Mexico lottery winner claims Hot Lotto jackpot

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — 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 was looking for a jackpot winner.

King, who said, "Things like this, they don't get me too excited," elected to take the prize's pre-tax cash option of approximately $720,000, which he plans to share with a large family that includes 19 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Playing the same six numbers he had been playing for several months, King purchased his lucky ticket at Allsup's Store No. 287 in Elida. The Allsup's chain is eligible for a $10,000 bonus for selling the prize-winning ticket.

"Today, Elida is the luckiest place in New Mexico," said Lottery CEO Tom Romero. "I congratulate Mr. King on his extraordinary win and thank him and all our players for supporting lottery games and the Legislative Lottery Scholarship program."

Since its inception in 1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised nearly $413 million for public education and more than 61,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships, including 50 students from Elida, three of whom have gone on to earn master's degrees.

This is the New Mexico Lottery's third Hot Lotto jackpot since joining the game in November 2006. Edward Boyd of Farmington won $1 million in August 2007 and David C. Fort of Albuquerque won $5.6 million in February 2008.

Nicknamed "Little Powerball," Hot Lotto is played in 15 U.S. lotteries. Jackpots begin at $1 million and increase by a minimum of $50,000 per drawing until someone wins. In addition to the jackpot, there are eight ways to win.

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Press Release, Lottery Post Staff

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Posted: November 23, 2009, 8:28 pm - IP Logged

1. What's with the cowboy hat - shouldn't it be a crown for "King"?? Oh I get it, it's a new custom started by J.W. that you show up at HQ with either a black or white cowboy hat.

2. Hot Lotto is computerized. So I guess it's possible (but extremely rare) to win a computerized drawing. In such a drawing you're just as good playing the same #s as trying to systemize it.

3. We need a winner who is extremely excited and jumping up and down and screaming that they finally won after playing every day and that they deserved it! And who says "I watched the drawing live on TV and I believed that I won!" not drove around with it stuck in the ashtray for 8 weeks and then checked it..

    ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
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    Posted: November 24, 2009, 12:32 am - IP Logged

    Congrats, to Mr. King! I hope he enjoys, his newfound riches! Smiley

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

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      Posted: November 24, 2009, 4:51 am - IP Logged

      What a lovely early xmas present to receive, congrats Mr King

        beaudad's avatar - animaniacs26
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        Posted: November 25, 2009, 6:23 pm - IP Logged

        Congrats, to Mr. King! I hope he enjoys, his newfound riches! Smiley

        I congratulate you too Mr. King!..........Looks like a good Person.......!!!

        " I don't have a gambling problem,  I have a problem winning!"