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Hobbs Couple Claims $2 Million New Mexico Lottery Prize
12/6/2012 - ALBUQUERQUE
– Joe and Lisa Woodruff of Hobbs claimed a $2 million Powerball®
prize from the New Mexico Lottery
today. Their New Mexico Lottery
ticket was the eighth of 2012 to win $1 million or more.
The Woodruffs were lucky twice.
First, their ticket for the game’s Nov. 28 drawing matched the white ball numbers of 5, 16, 22, 23 and 29 to win $1 million, beating odds of 1 in 5.2 million. In a second-lucky strike, they doubled their prize to $2 million by adding the $1 Power Play®
feature to their ticket. Power Play
multiplies non-jackpot prizes.
Joe and Lisa Woodruff
The Woodruffs did not know the ticket was worth $2 million until they arrived at lottery headquarters in Albuquerque.
“I kept saying, ‘Joe, Joe, pinch me,’” Lisa Woodruff said.
The Woodruffs’ plans for spending the seven-figure prize are modest.
“I guess I’ll pay off my Jeep,” Lisa Woodruff said.
Until today, the most the Woodruffs had won was a $7 Powerball
prize. They play Powerball
only if the jackpot reaches $300 million. The buzz around the record $587 million jackpot got their attention, although they never expected to win big.
“I’m not lucky,” Lisa Woodruff said. “My sister’s the lucky one. She walks by a slot machine and it spits out money.”
The winners, who put family birthdates and anniversaries on their ticket, missed the red Powerball
of 6 and a share of the record $587 million jackpot. They bought their lucky ticket at Stripes No. 79 located at 3000 N. Grimes St. in Hobbs. Previously, the store has sold two large prize-winning lottery tickets paying between $1,500 and $5,000. For selling the $2 million-winning ticket, Stripes No. 79 is eligible for a $2,500 New Mexico Lottery
The Woodruffs’ winning ticket was one of more than 66,000 sold in New Mexico for the Nov. 28 drawing. After the drawing, New Mexico Lottery
players had won more than $3.4 million. In addition to Woodruffs’ $2 million-winning ticket, the New Mexico Lottery
sold a ticket for $1 million. The $1 million prize has not been claimed yet. All New Mexico Lottery
tickets for drawing games expire 90 days after the date of the drawing.
Other New Mexico Lottery Millionaires of 2012
Larry and Cynthia Martinez of Blanco won a $1 million Powerball prize in January.Legislative Lottery Scholarships
Patrick and Sharon Yazzie of Chinle, Ariz. won a $1 million Powerball prize in March. The couple bought their ticket while shopping in Black Hat near Gallup.
Robert Platt of Albuquerque won a $1.54 million Hot Lotto® jackpot while James Larson, also of Albuquerque, won a $1 million Powerball prize in April.
Danny Garcia of Veguita won a $1 million Mega Millions® prize in June.
Justin Laugherty of Las Cruces won a $1 million Powerball prize in August.
Michael Vigil of Santa Fe won a $1 million Powerball prize in September.
The sale of New Mexico Lottery
games funds Legislative Lottery Scholarships
, a college tuition assistance program. Since 1996, the New Mexico Lottery
has raised more than $542 million for public education and more than 82,600 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships
. Between 1996 and the 2012 summer semester, more than 1,750 students from Lea County have attended college on $4.7 million in Legislative Lottery Scholarships
More information about the Legislative Lottery Scholarship
program is available at www.nmlottery.com
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