January 21, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE – A Las Cruces man claimed a $1 million Powerball® prize today at New Mexico Lottery headquarters in Albuquerque.
In the game’s Jan. 15 drawing, Brian Heim had a quick-pick ticket that matched the winning white ball numbers of 7, 8, 9, 24 and 29. Heim missed the red Powerball of 25 to land the night’s jackpot of $93 million.
“My life has changed,” Heim said. “Now I can spend more time with my child.”
The newly minted millionaire said most of the prize will be set aside for his only child.
Heim discovered his good fortune Friday when he checked his ticket at a store.
“I didn’t believe it,” he said. “I still don’t believe it.”
Heim purchased his lucky ticket at Chucky’s Corner Store where he has purchased lottery tickets for the past 10 years. Previously, the store has sold 10 large prize-winning tickets paying between $700 and $35,000. For selling the $1 million-winning ticket, Chucky’s Corner Store, located at 800 E. Thorpe Road in Las Cruces, is eligible for a $2,500 New Mexico Lottery bonus.
Powerball Fun Facts
Heim is the New Mexico Lottery’s ninth Powerball millionaire since January 2012, when the game increased prizes by increasing the price of a ticket from $1 to $2.
Larry and Cynthia Martinez of Blanco won a $1 million Powerball prize in January 2012.
Patrick and Sharon Yazzie of Chinle, Ariz. won a $1 million Powerball prize in March 2012. The couple bought their ticket while shopping in Black Hat near Gallup.
James Larson of Albuquerque won a $1 million Powerball prize in April 2012.
Justin Laugherty of Las Cruces won a $1 million Powerball prize in August 2012.
Michael Vigil of Santa Fe won a $1 million Powerball prize in September 2012.
Joe and Lisa Woodruff of Hobbs won a $2 million Powerball prize in November 2012.
Marjorie McDaniel of Farmington won a $1 million Powerball prize in November 2012.
James Baker of Albuquerque won a $2 million Powerball prize in March 2013.
New Mexico’s largest Powerball prize is a $206.9 million jackpot. It was won in September 2008 by a pool of nine players from the Roswell area. Five Powerball jackpots have been won in New Mexico since 1996.
Legislative Lottery Scholarships
All profits from the sale of New Mexico Lottery games fund an in-state college tuition assistance program. Since 1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised $589.4 million for education and more than 90,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships. More information about Legislative Lottery Scholarships is available at www.nmlottery.com.
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