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New Mexico Lottery Approaches Overall Weekly Sales Record as Powerball® Jackpot Soars to $900 Million

01/09/2016

ALBUQUERQUE –The Powerball® jackpot is now $900 million.

Nationwide, sales have been extraordinary, resulting in daily increases to this record U.S. jackpot.

Sales in New Mexico have soared. Friday’s Powerball sales averaged about $1,600 per minute and peaked at about $3,000 per minute. This week, New Mexico Lottery will have its second best week of sales ever and hopes to break their August 25, 2001 sales record of $11 million in overall sales for one week.

Please Play Responsibly

New Mexico Lottery CEO David Barden says, “Please, play responsibly. Familiarize yourself with player safeguards: sign your ticket, check your numbers, and listen for the winner tune when you have your ticket checked. New Mexico Lottery tickets expire 90 days from the date of the drawing.”

Players in New Mexico have until 8 p.m. MT Saturday to buy a ticket for the next drawing, which takes place at approximately 8:59 p.m. MT.

How to Play Powerball

Powerball is played in 47 lotteries. The game was last updated in October 2015 with changes aimed at delivering big jackpots while increasing other significant prizes in the game. Players choose five numbers from 1 to 69 and one Powerball number from 1 to 26. Players can also ask for a “quick pick,” a set of numbers chosen randomly by the lottery’s gaming system. Each wager costs $2.

In addition to the jackpot, there are eight prize levels from $4 to $1 million. The game’s Power Play option multiples non-jackpot prizes and will double the $1 million prize to $2 million automatically. Power Play costs an additional $1 per play per drawing.

The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are approximately 1 in 292 million. The overall odds of winning a Powerball prize are approximately 1 in 25.

Legislative Lottery Scholarships

The New Mexico Lottery has raised $670.5 million for education in New Mexico. More than 100,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships. More information about Legislative Lottery Scholarships is available at www.nmlottery.com

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