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New Mexico Lottery Names Las Cruces Store a ‘Lucky Landmark’ for Selling Winning $1 Million Ticket


LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Lottery today recognized the Shorty’s on Spruce convenience store as a “Lucky Landmark” for selling a Powerball ® ticket worth $1 million.

The store, located at 1025 E. Spruce Ave., sold the winning ticket to Las Cruces resident Justin Laugherty.

Justin LaughertyFor the game’s Aug. 15 drawing. Laugherty’s ticket matched the winning numbers of 6, 27, 46, 51 and 56 to win a second-place prize of $1 million at odds of 1 in 5.2 million.

In today’s ceremony, New Mexico Lottery CEO Tom Romero presented store manager Carmen Lujan with a Lucky Landmark plaque.

“The Shorty’s team has brought much good fortune to lottery players and to thousands of college-bound students,” Romero said. “The entire state is grateful to Shorty’s for helping make a college education accessible to more people.”

Landmark Store

Legislative Lottery Scholarships

The sale of New Mexico Lottery games funds a college tuition-assistance program. Since its inception in April 1996, the lottery has raised $531.8 million for education and more than 75,300 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships.

As of the Spring 2011 semester, 8,300 students from Doña Ana County have received $44.9 million in Legislative Lottery Scholarships while 20,700 students have received $115 million in Legislative Lottery Scholarships to attend New Mexico State University.

New Mexico Lottery Fun Facts

  • Five Powerball jackpots and five Hot Lotto jackpots have been won in New Mexico;
  • New Mexico’s record Powerball jackpot of $206.9 million was won by nine friends from Roswell in September 2008;
  • While Powerball players in New Mexico have purchased $620 million in tickets, they have won the larger sum of $656 million in prizes;
  • New Mexico Lottery prizes from drawing games and Scratchers ™ total $1.03 billion;
  • 40 people have become millionaires playing New Mexico Lottery games.

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