LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Lottery today recognized the Shorty’s on Spruce convenience store as a “Lucky Landmark” for selling a Powerball ® ticket worth $1 million.
The store, located at 1025 E. Spruce Ave., sold the winning ticket to Las Cruces resident Justin Laugherty.
Above: Justin Laugherty, winner of $1 Million Powerball® Prize
For the game’s Aug. 15 drawing. Laugherty’s ticket matched the winning numbers of 6, 27, 46, 51 and 56 to win a second-place prize of $1 million at odds of 1 in 5.2 million.
In today’s ceremony, New Mexico Lottery CEO Tom Romero presented store manager Carmen Lujan with a Lucky Landmark plaque.
“The Shorty’s team has brought much good fortune to lottery players and to thousands of college-bound students,” Romero said. “The entire state is grateful to Shorty’s for helping make a college education accessible to more people.”
Above: New Mexico Lottery today recognized the Shorty’s on Spruce convenience store as a “Lucky Landmark”
Legislative Lottery Scholarships
The sale of New Mexico Lottery games funds a college tuition-assistance program. Since its inception in April 1996, the lottery has raised $531.8 million for education and more than 75,300 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships.
As of the Spring 2011 semester, 8,300 students from Doña Ana County have received $44.9 million in Legislative Lottery Scholarships while 20,700 students have received $115 million in Legislative Lottery Scholarships to attend New Mexico State University.
New Mexico Lottery Fun Facts
- Five Powerball jackpots and five Hot Lotto jackpots have been won in New Mexico;
- New Mexico’s record Powerball jackpot of $206.9 million was won by nine friends from Roswell in September 2008;
- While Powerball players in New Mexico have purchased $620 million in tickets, they have won the larger sum of $656 million in prizes;
- New Mexico Lottery prizes from drawing games and Scratchers ™ total $1.03 billion;
- 40 people have become millionaires playing New Mexico Lottery games.