New Mexico Lottery History

2014

October 19

Tickets go on sale for the MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB™ lottery game. The national drawing game is designed to make millionaires of many players rather than pay a gigantic jackpot to one extraordinarily lucky person.

October 6

Toby Bratcher of Hagerman claims a $10,000 Scratcher prize two months after his aunt, Carlsbad resident Kathy Gregory, becomes a Powerball millionaire.

August 12

Carlsbad resident Kathy Gregory claims a $1 million Powerball prize from the Aug. 9 drawing. The lucky ticket was purchased at Brewer Oil Northgate Chevron located at 1311 W. Pierce St. in Carlsbad.

August 6

Lottery unveils a roadrunner logo fine-tuned for the digital era. The logo was designed by Joby Elliott, a lottery graphic designer who studied studio design at the University of New Mexico on a Legislative Lottery Scholarship.

July 15

Albuquerque resident Bess Holt claims a $1 million Powerball prize from the July 2 drawing. The lucky ticket was purchased at Albertson's located at 2910 Juan Tabo NE in Albuquerque.

June 30

Lottery ends Fiscal Year 2014 with revenue of $40.9 million on net sales of $136 million.

June 8

Lottery launches a Quickster game called "Red Hot Jackpot Bingo." The $5 game offers a starting jackpot of $1,000 that will grow larger until hit.

June 8

Lottery introduces mid-day drawings for the Pick 3 game.

June 3

Lottery introduces the "I Love New Mexico" Scratcher which features photos of six iconic state landmarks taken by New Mexico residents.

April 1

Five Scratchers arrive in stores on "Super Tuesday," the biggest single-day launch in the lottery's 18-year history; going forward, new Scratchers will launch on the first Tuesday of the month, except business holidays.

April 8

Albuquerque resident Robert Swartwood claims a $2 million Powerball prize from the April 5 drawing. The lucky ticket was purchased at Duke City Fueling located at 4000 Carlisle Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.

February 28

February revenues bring the total raised for education since 1996 to $600.2 million.

February 14

After interviewing four candidates, the Board of Directors offers the position of CEO to interim CEO David Barden.

January 21

Las Cruces resident Brian Heim claims a $1 million Powerball prize from the Jan. 15 drawing. The lucky ticket was purchased at Chucky's Corner Store located at 800 E. Thorpe Road in Las Cruces.

2013

December 4

Lottery Board of Directors appoints David Barden Interim CEO.

November 13

Lottery Board of Directors appoints Sylvia A. Jaramillo Acting CEO.

November

Higher Education Department announces that more than 90,000 students have received Legislative Lottery Scholarships to attend college since 1996. More than 43,300 of those students have already graduated from college.

October 28

Roadrunner Cash jackpot rolls to $890,000. The record-jackpot prize is shared by San Juan resident Mary Virgili, who bought her ticket at Ohkay Travel Center on Highway 68 in the San Juan Pueblo, and Albuquerque resident Carlos Solis, who bought his ticket at Mom’s Gas and Food LLC located at 12011 State Highway 14 North in Cedar Crest.

October 19

Changes made to the multi-state Mega Millions® game:

  • The $12 million-starting jackpot increases to $15 million;
  • If not hit, a jackpot will climb by at least $5 million after each drawing;
  • The prize for matching five white balls increases from $250,000 to $1 million;
  • Players who add Megaplier® to a wager will have the opportunity to win a top non-jackpot prize of $5 million, up from $1 million.

September 10

Glenn Farnsworth of Albuquerque claimed a $1 million Powerball® prize. Since Powerball's introduction of the $2 ticket and $1 million and $2 million prizes in January 2012, nine New Mexico Lottery players have become Powerball millionaires. Farnsworth purchased his lucky ticket at Phillips 66/Circle K No. 6118 located at 900 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.

August 3

Doug and Roberta Barnard of Rio Rancho claim a $7.6 million Hot Lotto® jackpot from the New Mexico Lottery today. This is the sixth Hot Lotto jackpot won in New Mexico. The Barnards purchased their lucky ticket at Brewer Oil Sandia Shell located at 7801 Carr Way in Rio Rancho.

June 30

Lottery ends Fiscal Year 2013 with revenue of $43.7 million on net sales of $141.8, its highest profits ever.

June 4

The New Mexico Lottery introduces "Second Chance City," an online venue for players to learn about current second-chance drawings and promotions.

May 15

Hot Lotto advertised jackpot changed to reflect the after-tax amount. Five of the game's eight non-jackpot prizes increased.

March 8

John Baker of Albuquerque claims a $2 Million Powerball prize. The lucky ticket was purchased at 7-Eleven located at 1801 San Pedro Dr. NE in Albuquerque. The winning numbers were drawn March 6, 2013.

January

New Mexico Lottery announces mid-year financials. Net sales, prizes and profits up compared to same time period previous year (Sales up 11%, prizes to players up $3 million and

scholarship profits up $2.1 million from previous year.)

2012

December 20

Marjorie McDaniel of Farmington claims a $1 Million Powerball prize. The winning numbers were drawn November 28, 2012. Marjorie's lucky ticket was purchased at 7-2-11 Store No. 42 located at 5697 U.S. Highway 64 in Farmington, the same retailer that sold a $1 million-winning Powerball ticket to Blanco residents Larry and Cynthia Martinez in January 2012.

December 6

Joe and Lisa Woodruff of Hobbs claim a $2 Million Powerball prize. The lucky ticket was purchased at Stripes No. 79 located at 3000 N. Grimes St. in Hobbs. The winning numbers were drawn November 28, 2012.

October 3

Michael Vigil of Santa Fe claims a $1 Million Powerball prize. The winning numbers were drawn September 29, 2012. Michael purchased his lucky ticket at Airport Shell located at 7510 Airport Road in Santa Fe.

October

Higher Education Department announces that more than 82,600 students have received Legislative Lottery Scholarships to attend college since 1996.

August 16

Justin Laugherty of Las Cruces claims a $1 Million Powerball prize. The lucky ticket was purchased at Shorty's located at 1025 E. Spruce Ave. in Las Cruces. The winning numbers were drawn August 15.

June 30

Lottery ends Fiscal Year 2012 with revenue of $41.3 million on net sales of $133.79, its second-highest profits ever.

June 6

Danny Garcia of Veguita claims the first $1 million Mega Millions prize in New Mexico. He bought his ticket at Young Baca's Kicks 66 in Belen. The winning numbers were drawn June 5. Matching five white balls pays $250,000, but Garcia spent an extra $1 on the game's Megaplier® feature and became a millionaire.

April 16

Albuquerque resident Robert Platt becomes the fifth New Mexico Lottery player to win a Hot Lotto jackpot. His lucky ticket worth $1.54 million was sold by 7-11 convenience store located at 7525 Montgomery Blvd. in Albuquerque. The winning numbers were drawn April 14.

April 14

James Larson of Albuquerque buys a winning $1 million Powerball ticket at Giant convenience store located at 6104 Academy NE in Albuquerque. He claimed his prize April 18.

May 24

Patrick and Sharon Yazzie claimed a $1 million Powerball prize. The Yazzies, who live in Arizona, bought their ticket for the March 31 drawing at Speedy's in Black Hat, New Mexico, approximately 20 miles northwest of Gallup.

March 30

Mega Millions makes world history by offering a $656 million jackpot. New Mexico sells a winning $250,000 prize and five $10,000 prizes.

March 25

The New Mexico Lottery launches Quicksters, a new style of instant-win game. The first game is named "Super 7s," costs $1 and features a top prize of $100.

January 18

Larry and Cynthia Martinez of Blanco, New Mexico match five white balls to win the nation's first $1 million prize in the reformatted Powerball game launched January 15. Previously, the Powerball prize for matching five white balls was $200,000. The winners claim their $1 million prize on January 20.

January 15

Powerball changes to $2 per ticket per draw, and features bigger jackpots, more millionaires and better odds. The starting jackpot doubles from $20 million to $40 million. The match 5 + 0 prize increases from $200,000 to $1 million. The odds of winning the jackpot are better at 1 in 175 million, down from 1 in 195 million. The live drawing show moves to Tallahassee, Florida.

2011

November

Lottery profits for education break the $500 million mark.

October

Higher Education Department announces that more than 75,300 students have received Legislative Lottery Scholarships to attend college since 1996.

June 30

Lottery ends Fiscal Year 2011 with its second-highest revenue of $41.3 million on net sales of $135.5 million.

April 27

The New Mexico Lottery celebrates its 15th anniversary. Since launching in 1996, players have purchased $1.88 billion in tickets and won $1.03 billion in prizes.

January 4

New Mexico Lottery develops its first player-inspired Scratcher ticket. Dog owners are invited to submit their pets' photos to nmlottery.com where players vote for their favorite pooch. From the 25 top vote-getters, six furry faces would be selected for the game's tickets.

2010

Dec 8

Lottery launches Facebook page and a free Very Important Players (VIP) Club.

October

Higher Education Department announces that more than 68,000 students have received Legislative Lottery Scholarships to attend college since 1996.

June 30

Lottery ends Fiscal Year 2010 with gross sales of $143.6 million and record profit of $43.6 million.

June 22

Lottery and rock legend KISS team up to rock the music world with the first-ever KISS Scratcher.

May

Devices that allow players to check their own tickets for prizes are installed in more than 700 stores statewide.

February 4

Eduardo Vasquez of Albuquerque claims a $1 million Powerball prize. The lucky Powerball ticket matched the five white balls drawn on the January 30 drawing. Ordinarily, this grouping pays $200,000, but Mr. Vasquez purchased Power Play® for an extra $1 and the prize was increased fivefold.

January 31

Mega Millions launches.

January 25

Ruidoso residents Bill and Janet Swann and daughters Lisa and Stacey Swann win New Mexico's fourth Hot Lotto jackpot, claiming $3.54 million. The winning numbers were drawn on January 16.

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2009

November 24

Elida resident Aurbra King wins New Mexico's third Hot Lotto jackpot, claiming $1.1 million. The winning numbers were drawn on November 18.

October 4

Roadrunner Cash changes. Starting jackpot increases from $20,000 to $25,000. Overall odds are reduced from 1 in 66 to 1 in 8.

October

Higher Education Department announces that a total of 61,000 students have received Legislative Lottery Scholarships since 1996.

June 30

Lottery ends Fiscal Year 2009 with $142.6 million in gross sales and $40.8 million in profit.

January 4

Powerball changes to create bigger jackpots, a $1 million prize and more winners. Among the changes, players pick five numbers from 1 to 59, up from 1 to 55, and one Powerball number from 1 to 39, down from 1 to 42. The game's starting jackpot increases from $15 million to $20 million. The Florida Lottery joins Powerball. The live drawing show moves to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

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2008

November 16

The New Mexico Lottery turns on a new gaming system designed to provide better service and more information to players while reducing Lottery operating expenses.

October 3

Nine Roswell residents claim a $206.9 million prize, New Mexico's largest Powerball jackpot ever. The winning ticket was drawn on September 27.

October

Higher Education Department announces that more than 54,000 students have received Legislative Lottery Scholarships since 1996.

August 15

Joseph Baca of Las Vegas claims a $1 million Powerball prize multiplied from $200,000 by Power Play. The winning numbers were drawn on August 9.

June 30

New Mexico Lottery prizes won by players surpass $1 billion.

Lottery ends Fiscal Year 2008 with gross sales of $147.8 million and record profit of $40.8 million.

February 11

Albuquerque resident David Fort wins New Mexico's second Hot Lotto jackpot, claiming $5.6 million. The winning numbers were drawn on February 9.

January 3

Lottery introduces "Sizzler" multiplier feature to Hot Lotto.

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2007

December 31

Lottery draws winning raffle tickets for $625,000 in prizes.

October 28

Lottery launches New Year's Eve Raffle game.

October

Higher Education Department announces that more than 48,000 students have received Legislative Lottery Scholarships since 1996.

August 7

Farmington resident Edward Boyd claims New Mexico's first Hot Lotto jackpot. He splits a $2 million prize equally with a Minnesota player. The winning numbers were drawn on August 4.

June 30

Lottery ends Fiscal Year 2007 with gross sales of $148.8 million and profit of $34.8 million.

May 30

New Mexico's fourth Powerball jackpot winner, Felipe Piña of Los Ojos, claims his prize of $62.8 million. The winning numbers were drawn on May 23.

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2006

November 21

Roadrunner Cash reaches record prize of $687,000; the prize was claimed Dec. 1 by three players from Albuquerque & Edgewood.

November 12

Lottery launches Hot Lotto, a multi-state drawing game.

November

Lottery profits raised for education break mark of $300 million.

October

Higher Education Department announces that more than 43,000 students have received Legislative Lottery Scholarships since 1996.

June 30

Lottery ends Fiscal Year 2006 with record gross sales of $150.6 million and record profit of $36.9 million.

June 1

Lottery Board of Directors appoints Tom Romero CEO.

April 27

The New Mexico Lottery celebrates 10th anniversary.

February 18

Powerball reaches record jackpot of $365 million.

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2005

December 17

A lifelong Otero County resident claims a $390,000 Roadrunner Cash prize, the largest won by one player.

November 21

Lottery Board of Directors appoints Tom Romero Interim CEO; Romero previously served as the lottery's Executive Vice President of Security.

October 19

Powerball reaches record jackpot of $340 million.

September 7

Power Play multiples a second-place Powerball prize into $600,000, the fourth-largest New Mexico Lottery prize to date.

August 28

Powerball game revises with new matrix and prize structure.

August 19

New Mexico's third Powerball jackpot winner, John San Cartier of Albuquerque, claims his $93.4 million Powerball prize. The winning numbers were drawn on August 10.

July 22

Dutch and Janice Ensconatus of Roswell claim the first top prize in the "$500,000 Extravaganza" Scratcher game.

June 30

Lottery ends Fiscal Year 2005 with gross sales of $134.7 million and profit of $32.2 million.

May 9

Lottery launches "$500,000 Extravaganza," offering its largest Scratcher prize ever.

March 30

Following a national trend, two Powerball players from New Mexico use fortune cookie numbers and win $100,000 prizes.

March 18

Two players split a record Roadrunner Cash prize of $400,000.

January

Gross ticket sales surpass $1 billion.

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2004

December

For the first time in New Mexico, Power Play multiplies a second-place Powerball prize to $400,000.

October 28

At $340,000, two Tijeras neighbors win the second-largest Roadrunner Cash prize.

October

Higher Education Department announces that more than 32,000 students have received Legislative Lottery Scholarships since 1996.

September 26

Lottery launches digital draw system for "Roadrunner Cash," "Pick 3" and "4 This Way!"

Lottery launches "4 This Way!", an in-state drawing game.

June 30

Lottery ends Fiscal Year 2004 with record gross sales of $142.6 million and record profit of $35.9 million.

March 12

Rodney Zamora of Carrizozo claims record Roadrunner Cash prize of $362,000. The winning numbers were drawn on March 11.

February 11

January Lottery profits raised for education break mark of $200 million; milestone celebrated at the State Capitol in Santa Fe.

January 10

Kathy Silvas of Roswell wins $129,000 on "Powerball Instant Millionaire" game show.

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2003

October 27

Roadrunner Cash starting top prize increases to $20,000; TV drawings feature animated characters.

June 30

Lottery ends Fiscal Year 2003 with record gross sales of $133.6 million and record profit of $33.1 million.

June

Higher Education Department announces that more than 27,000 students have received Legislative Lottery Scholarships since 1996.

February 20

Lottery Board approves Scientific Games for a four-year Scratcher ticket printing contract.

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2002

December 25

Powerball reaches record jackpot of $315 million.

August 30

Lottery profits raised for education break mark of $150 million.

October 9

Powerball game revises with new matrix (5/53 + 1/42) and prize structure.

October 5

"Powerball Instant Millionaire" debuts, replacing "Powerball - The Game Show." The show host is Todd Newton.

June 30

Lottery ends Fiscal Year 2002 with record gross sales of $129.5 million and record profit of $29.6 million.

May

Higher Education Department announces that more than 22,000 students have received Lottery Scholarships since 1996.

February 22

New Mexico's second Powerball jackpot winner, Isabell Delgado of Las Cruces, claims her $32 million prize. The winning numbers were drawn on February 20.

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2001

December

Bob Eubanks, host of "Powerball - The Game Show," makes promotional appearances in Albuquerque and Las Cruces.

November

First $10 Scratcher, "Lucky Luminarias," launches with $100,000 top prize.

October 11-15

The Lottery hosts World Meet '01, a joint meeting of North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries and the World Lottery Association.

October 6

"Powerball - The Game Show" debuts featuring New Mexico contestants.

September 28

Lottery transfers August profits of $5.45 million to the Lottery Tuition Fund; largest monthly profit to date.

July

"Powerball - The Game Show" Scratcher launches as the entry vehicle to a nationally-syndicated TV game show.

June 30

Lottery ends Fiscal Year 2001 with record gross sales of $113.7 million and record profit of $25.9 million.

June 15

All Lottery profits now directed to Lottery Tuition Fund (Legislative Lottery Scholarships).

April

Six Los Alamos firefighters claim the first Roadrunner Cash top prize over $100,000. The prize totals $152,000.

March 7

Powerball game adds Power Play multiplier.

March 5

Roadrunner Cash top prize begins to roll.

January

Lottery's first compulsive gambling commercial airs.

Roadrunner Cash game adds a rolling top prize.

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2000

November 30

Fourteen players from Albuquerque claim New Mexico's first Powerball jackpot of $131 million. The winning numbers were drawn on November 29.

November Lottery profits raised for education break $100 million mark.

September 25

Lottery televises live Pick 3 and Roadrunner Cash drawings, Andrea Bongiorno hosts.

September 24

Pick 3 launches.

July 1

Legislature determines Lottery proceeds shall be split 50% Public School Capital Outlay Fund / 50% Lottery Tuition Fund.

June 30

Lottery ends Fiscal Year 2000 with record gross sales of $111.2 million and record profit of $24.5 million.

February 29

Lottery Board of Directors appoints Tom Shaheen CEO.

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1999

November 1

Roadrunner Cash drawings expand to six nights a week.

September 20

Lottery Board of Directors appoints Gary Bratcher Interim CEO.

June 30

Lottery ends Fiscal Year 1999 with record gross sales of $89.7 million and profit of $19.6 million.

May 18

First $5 Scratcher launches; the game's name is "$50,000 Jackpot".

May 10

Alfredo Castillo of Deming wins second Mega Match 4 $500,000 top prize.

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1998

November 3

Richard Beasley of Farmington claims the first $500,000 Mega Match 4 top prize

October 19

Mega Match 4 launches

July 29

Powerball sets sales record of $4.1 million for jackpot worth $295.7 million

July 27

Roadrunner Cash drawings expand to four nights a week

July 1

Lottery implements retailer bonus for selling jackpot-winning and $100,000-winning Powerball tickets.

June 30

Lottery ends Fiscal Year 1998 with record gross sales of $85.4 million and profit of $20.1 million.

June 15

Lottery puts up first Powerball jackpot billboard; it is located in Albuquerque.

February 10

Lottery televises first Roadrunner Cash drawing; Nadine Guillén hosts.

February 6

Roadrunner Cash launches; State Senator Roman Maes buys first ticket.

January 15

"Trucks & Bucks" Scratcher launches.

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1997

November 2

Powerball game revises with new matrix (5/49 + 1/42) and prize structure.

September 23

Lottery Board of Directors appoints David Miller CEO.

August

New Mexico Commission on Higher Education awards first Legislative Lottery Scholarships.

June 30

Lottery ends Fiscal Year 1997 with gross sales of $82.4 million and profit of $21.9 million.

June 17

Lottery Board of Directors appoints Steve Schwartz Interim CEO.

June 2

The Lottery installs first self-service Scratcher vending machines.

February 16

Daily Millions launches.

January 16

Public School Capital Outlay Council awards $7.2 million in Lottery proceeds to 23 schools (listed on page 5 of the 1997 Annual Report)

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1996

October 20

Powerball launches; Governor Johnson buys first ticket.

August 1

In its first distribution of net profits, the Lottery returns $6.2 million to the State.

July 11

Lottery repays in full $2.8 million in Lottery Revenue Bonds.

June 30

Lottery ends Fiscal Year 1996 (partial year) with gross sales of $28.5 million and profit of $6.3 million.

April 27

Lottery launch day; Scratcher sales begin. Proceeds split 60% Public School Capital Outlay Fund and 40% Lottery Tuition Fund.

April 8

The first Scratcher tickets - all 7.2 million - arrive at Lottery headquarters.

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1995

November 20

Ralph Decker, the Lottery's first CEO, reports for work.

August 14

Governor Johnson announces appointments to the Lottery Board of Directors.

April 5

Governor Gary Johnson signs Senate Bill 853, creating the New Mexico Lottery Authority.

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