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New lotto game hurts Powerball

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Cobos Supermarket Assistant Manager Elizabeth Torres would like to attribute the slow Powerball-buying traffic in her Sunland Park store to the holidays, but she knows that across the state line a larger reason loomed.

"It's the Mega Millions. Their jackpot is pretty big, and people aren't coming from Texas as much," she said. "We haven't seen the number of people that we normally see when the Powerball gets to this size."

Tonight's Powerball jackpot, for which tickets are sold in New Mexico, is estimated at $210 million. But because Tuesday's drawing for Mega Millions, which has been available in Texas for about a month, was estimated at $155 million, El Pasoans didn't have to drive far for a chance to win big.

"Before Mega Millions, we used to get people from all the way in Ysleta and Socorro," Torres said. "There's still people buying, but we're not getting the long lines like we used to."

New Mexico Lottery officials said Powerball ticket purchases in Doña Ana County were strong, but they were still hoping for a Mega Millions winner Tuesday.

"If someone hits it and the jackpot goes back down, we'll still have $210 million on Wednesday that people can play for," said Lance Ross, the lottery's communication manager.

Andy Rodriguez drove from his West Side job over to the Howdy's in Santa Teresa to buy Powerball tickets for himself and his co-workers. He's also played the Mega Millions.

"I don't think there are too many people that can say they've got a chance at two large wads of money," he said. "I like having both games available to us. It's very exciting."

El Paso Times

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4 comments. Last comment 14 years ago by CASH Only.
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United States
Member #379
June 5, 2002
11296 Posts
Posted: December 31, 2003, 8:11 am - IP Logged

One thing NM can do to combat Mega Millions is to join "Hot Lotto".

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    Mcminnville, Oregon
    United States
    Member #3013
    December 13, 2003
    3382 Posts
    Posted: December 31, 2003, 8:32 am - IP Logged

    With the extra players from Mega Millions now playing Powerball it looks like that jackpot is going down tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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      Member #434
      June 30, 2002
      675 Posts
      Posted: December 31, 2003, 10:33 am - IP Logged

      Sorry CASH, but I don't see how Hot Lotto would help NM combat MM.

        United States
        Member #379
        June 5, 2002
        11296 Posts
        Posted: January 2, 2004, 8:14 am - IP Logged


        NM does not have a game (jackpotwise) between PB and          "Roadrunner Cash". HL would make a good fit there.