Las Cruces Woman Waits Three Months to Claim $50,000 New Mexico Lottery Prize


ALBUQUERQUE – After waiting three months to claim a New Mexico Lottery prize of $50,000 because she didn’t want to drive alone to Albuquerque, Sylvia Jimenez of Las Cruces is buying a truck.

Jimenez won a top prize playing the New Mexico Lottery’s “$50,000 Scratch” game. In February, she bought the $5 ticket to play while waiting in a laundromat. After discovering the five-figure prize during the spin cycle, Jimenez signed the ticket, hid it in a dresser drawer and told only her mother.

$50,000 Scratch Ticket“As much as I wanted the money, that’s how much I didn’t want to drive here,” Jimenez recalled today for New Mexico Lottery officials. “I kept asking my family, “Who’s going to Albuquerque?”

Today, Jimenez caught a ride with relatives.

“I’m so glad to be here,” she said, adding that every day for the past three months, she’s pulled the ticket from its hiding place to make sure it was real.

Jimenez bought her lucky ticket at Eagle Quik Mart located at 440 W. Picacho Ave. in Las Cruces. Previously, the store has sold 24 large-prize-winning lottery tickets paying between $1,000 and $100,000.

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