ALBUQUERQUE – Jaime Torres of Roswell won a $10,000 Powerball® prize in the game’s Jan. 19 drawing.
Torres’ quick-pick ticket matched the winning red Powerball of 35 and the winning white ball numbers of 8, 28, 29 and 34. He missed matching the fifth winning white ball of 38 to land the night’s jackpot of $100 million.
Above: Jaime Torres, winner of $10,000 Powerball® prize
The winner discovered his good fortune on Sunday when he asked a store clerk to check his ticket while he bought refreshments for a football game on television.
“The clerk told me that I was going to have to claim a prize at the lottery office,” Torres said. “I couldn’t believe it at first.”
Torres said he left the store in a daze and couldn’t remember buying his snacks or even putting them into his truck.
“It was amazing,” he said.
Before he pays a few bills, Torres said he plans to use his prize to buy a purse that his wife has been admiring online.
Torres bought his lucky ticket at Allsup’s Store No. 335 located at 2501 N. Main St. in Roswell. Previously, the store has sold 14 other large prize-winning lottery tickets paying between $1,000 and $100,000.
At the end of December, Roswell resident John Syska won a $10,000 Scratcher prize.
Legislative Lottery Scholarships
Since its inception in April 1996, the lottery has raised $546.7 million for education and more than 82,600 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships.
In the past 16 years, nearly 3,000 students from Chaves County have received $11.2 million in Legislative Lottery Scholarships.