New Mexico Lottery Turns 20


ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Lottery is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Since launching on April 27, 1996, the New Mexico Lottery has sold approximately $2.6 billion in tickets with prizes of more than $1.4 billion. And, New Mexico Lottery sales resulted in many positive economic impacts, among which were:

  • 53 prizes of $1 million or more — including five Powerball® jackpots totaling $526.1 million;
  • More than $174 million in retail commissions;
  • Nearly $28 million in state taxes from prize winnings; and
  • 103,510 Legislative Lottery Scholarship recipients.

“We’re proud of our many accomplishments and look forward to continuing the success of the Lottery as we generate revenue to educate the next 100,000 students,” said David Barden, New Mexico Lottery chief executive officer. 

To kick off the year-long milestone, the Lottery created a special anniversary logo that features a banner draped over the Lottery’s roadrunner icon. The logo will be displayed on Lottery advertising, including Point of Sale and digital ads throughout the year.

Additionally, the Lottery’s Points and Rewards Promotion will multiply player entries by 10 times on the Lottery’s April 27th anniversary.


Legislative Lottery Scholarships

One hundred percent of New Mexico Lottery revenues fund New Mexico education. Since 1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised $690.23 million — $66.55 million to the Public School Capital Outlay and $623.68 million to the Lottery Tuition fund. As of Spring 2015, more than 100,000 students have attended college and 53,511 have graduated from college with Legislative Lottery Scholarships.

More information about Legislative Lottery Scholarships is available at

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