New Mexico Lottery Player Selected as Finalist for First POWERBALL® Millionaire of 2020


ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico Lottery player Cecil Royce of Albuquerque has a 1 in 5 chance of becoming the First POWERBALL Millionaire of the Year at the Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve event Tuesday night.

“We are thrilled that a New Mexico player has been selected as a finalist,” said David Barden, New Mexico Lottery CEO and former POWERBALL Product Group Chairman. “What a great way to ring in the New Year.”

It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This past summer, New Mexico Lottery players entered for their chance to win a trip for two to Times Square in New York City on New Year’s Eve with a chance to become a millionaire. New Mexico players submitted nearly 200,000 entries and ten lucky players were selected as trip winners.

In total, more than 300 winners from 25 lotteries won a trip to the event. From those winners, five finalists were selected, including Mr. Royce.

Theresa Royce Rodgers (on behalf of Cecil Royce) who has a 1 in 5 chance of becoming the First POWERBALL Millionaire of the Year

Theresa Royce Rodgers, Cecil Royce’s daughter, will represent her father during the live event. Ms. Rodgers said, “We’re so excited about this opportunity he’s been given.”

This amazing trip includes airfare for two (the winner and their guest), hotel accommodations, ground transportation, dinner on a Hudson River cruise, tickets to an iconic Broadway show, and spending money. The winners will also have a private viewing area of the ball drop in Times Square.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020 kicks off at 8 p.m. ET (6 p.m. MT) on ABC on December 31st. The live drawing for the First POWERBALL Millionaire of the Year will take place just after midnight.

The New Mexico Lottery POWERBALL New Year’s Rockin’ Eve trip winner list can be found at

For more information about the promotion and event, visit

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