ALBUQUERQUE – Lottery good fortune found Albuquerque resident Christopher Henderson for a third time.
The New Mexico Lottery announced today that Henderson won the $255,000 jackpot in Tuesday’s Roadrunner Cash® drawing. His ticket matched the winning numbers of 5, 15, 18, 30 and 33, numbers he re-played from an older quick-pick ticket.
Above: Chris Henderson, winner of the $255,000 Roadrunner Cash® drawing
This is Henderson’s third jackpot win playing Roadrunner Cash.
In October 2010, he won a $217,000 jackpot, playing a blend of his favorite numbers and numbers generated by the lottery’s gaming system.
In December 1999, he won a $15,000 jackpot.
The odds of landing a Roadrunner Cash jackpot are approximately 1 in 435,000.
“I’m feeling truly blessed,” Henderson said.
The 52-year-old winner was composed when he claimed his prize at lottery headquarters in Albuquerque today, but his oldest daughter said it was a different story when he realized he had another jackpot win.
“My little sister called me at work and she said, ‘Dad just won again,’” Jasmine Henderson told lottery officials. “I could hear him screaming in the background.”
After he gives a donation to his church, Henderson said he plans to make investments in his business, an adult daycare and residential care facility called Expressions Unlimited.
Other members of the Henderson family are also lottery winners. His daughter Chrisaundra Henderson received a Legislative Lottery Scholarship from the college tuition-assistance program funded by lottery ticket sales. She is studying pre-law at the University of New Mexico.
Henderson said the Legislative Lottery Scholarship program is one of the reasons he plays lottery games.
“It’s a tremendous investment and it pays off when the kids can stay in New Mexico,” he said.
Henderson bought his lucky ticket at the Corner Store located at 7940 Ladera Drive NW in Albuquerque. Previously, the store has sold 25 large prize-winning lottery tickets, including the ticket that brought Henderson his $217,000 prize in 2010. For selling a jackpot-winning ticket in the Roadrunner Cash game, the store is eligible for a $1,000 lottery bonus.
Legislative Lottery Scholarships
All net revenues from the sale of New Mexico Lottery games benefit a tuition-assistance program for New Mexico residents attending the state’s public colleges and universities. Since 1996, the lottery has raised $560 million for education and more than 82,600 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships.