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Elephant Butte Woman Wins $50,000 New Mexico Lottery Prize

ALBUQUERQUE – Margaret Yanaga of Elephant Butte won $50,000 playing the New Mexico Lottery’s “Platinum 9X” Scratcher.

A self-employed hairdresser, Yanaga played the game Wednesday before opening her salon. After revealing the prize, she called her husband.

“When I got there, she had tears coming down her face and she was shaking,” Tim Yanaga recalled for lottery officials in Albuquerque.

And her first appointment of the day wisely decided that scissors and shaking don’t mix.

“She said you’re definitely not cutting my hair today,” Yanaga joked.

Yanaga bought her lucky $5 ticket at the Fast Stop No. 50 located at 1910 N. Date St. in Truth or Consequences. This is Yanaga’s third lottery win in 11 years. Her previous winnings total $3250.

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