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N.M. family claims $3.5M Hot Lotto jackpot

Hot LottoHot Lotto: N.M. family claims $3.5M Hot Lotto jackpot

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — 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 checked the winning numbers.  One of the five wagers matched the winning numbers 12, 13, 17, 26, 28 and the Hot Ball of 12.

"I said to myself, "Well, looky here,'" he said.

The Swanns immediately called their daughters, who never doubted that their father was telling the truth.

"He's not a practical joker," said Stacey Swann.

"He's crazy lucky," added Lisa Swann.

With their newfound wealth, the family plans to take some exotic fishing and hunting trips.  The Swann daughters will put some of the prize aside for retirement.

Bill Swann purchased the lucky ticket at Club Gas at 1137 Mechem Dr. in Ruidoso. The store is eligible for a $10,000 bonus for selling the prize-winning ticket.

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.  The odds of winning a Hot Lotto jackpot are 1 in nearly 11 million.  In addition to the jackpot, there are eight ways to win.

The Swanns' jackpot win is the New Mexico Lottery's second in two months.  In November, Elida resident Aurbra King won a $1.1 million Hot Lotto jackpot playing his favorite six numbers.  Four players have hit Hot Lotto jackpots since the game's introduction in New Mexico in 2006.

"The Hot Lotto game has been a winner for New Mexicans whether they're players or students attending college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships," said Lottery CEO Tom Romero.  "I congratulate the Swanns on their very good fortune and thank them for their support of lottery games.  Our players help make college a reality for New Mexico's students."

Since its inception in 1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised $420 million for public education and more than 61,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships.

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dpoly1's avatar - driver
United States
Member #66141
October 16, 2008
1776 Posts
Posted: January 26, 2010, 10:15 am - IP Logged

I hope the family is very happy. I am waiting for some good luck!


    sully16's avatar - sharan
    United States
    Member #81740
    October 28, 2009
    55786 Posts
    Posted: January 26, 2010, 10:44 am - IP Logged

    Thats great! I hope the family enjoys every minute of their good fortune. Congratulations Swann family!

    Don't ever give up your right to keep and bare arms !

    Your right to protect yourself is your most precious RIGHT!

      dphillips's avatar - littleuns
      Albuquerque, New Mexico
      United States
      Member #5128
      June 18, 2004
      377 Posts
      Posted: January 26, 2010, 11:01 am - IP Logged

      Why did this family do a photo op?  New Mexico does not require one.  Of course, their name and city are requirements for the public record...which brings me to Abraham Shakespeare, a Floridian who won the lottery, did a photo op, and is now missing! 

      In Abraham's case, the family did not change their number: it should have been unlisted; they did not relocate immediately; the photo op did not help; he gave away his money to unknown and perhaps known people in his community who did not have his best interest; he possibly did not have financial or legal representation; and an annunity could have been his best option.  Now, let's hope he's playing a cat and mouse game and he is not kidnapped, or wore yet, murdered.

      Finally, I wish the couple the best in their retirement, and I hope their friends, family, and community will leave them alone to enjoy their newly found prosperity.

      See Ya!-- Bye, bye!  When you win, may you glow as brightly as theSun Smiley

        rdgrnr's avatar - walt
        Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
        United States
        Member #73904
        April 28, 2009
        14903 Posts
        Posted: January 26, 2010, 11:15 am - IP Logged

        Great story. Sounds like a nice guy, splitting with his kids.

        Nice to see an old geezer like me and tiggs win, too.

        Geezer Power!







        "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                    --Edmund Burke



          tiggs95's avatar - Lottery-036.jpg

          United States
          Member #47420
          November 4, 2006
          3930 Posts
          Posted: January 26, 2010, 12:17 pm - IP Logged

          Thanks for including me rdgrnr..Hope we both bust a big one and then go hide..I'd love to have that problem..


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            September 27, 2009
            56 Posts
            Posted: January 26, 2010, 1:31 pm - IP Logged

            Hurray! Good for them.


            I think for a few moments I would be out of my body standing there holding a check like that.



              maringoman's avatar - images q=tbn:ANd9GcTbRxpKQmOfcCoUqF2FyqIOAwDo7rg9G-lfJLAALPGWJWwiz19eRw
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              Member #37433
              April 14, 2006
              2747 Posts
              Posted: January 28, 2010, 7:03 pm - IP Logged

              I like small jackpots and by small I mean anything from $2M-$5M (disclaimer here, I am not a millionare but considering the size of the big games jackpots anything under $5M can be considered small, right? :) ) Anyways, with a small jackpot, smart people would know not to change their lifestyle overnight.