New Mexico Lottery

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The New Mexico Lottery is run by the government of New Mexico. It is a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). It offer draw games and scratch off games. As of December 2014, draw games are Powerball, Mega Millions, Monopoly Millionaires' Club, Hot Lotto, Roadrunner Cash, Pick 3, Quicksters, and Lucky Numbers Bingo.

The New Mexico Lottery Authority is separate from the New Mexico government. A seven-person board of directors appointed by the Government of New Mexico operates the Lottery, which has oversight from the Legislative Finance Committee.[1]

New Mexico requires lottery players to be at least 18.

Notable prizes[edit]

The largest prize to date won on a ticket bought in New Mexico was for the Powerball drawing on September 27, 2008. The ticket was worth $206.9 million, payable in 30 annual payments (increasing by 4 percent yearly), or about $102.9 million cash value.

New Mexico-only draw games[edit]

Roadrunner Cash[edit]

Roadrunner Cash drawings are Mondays through Saturdays at approximately 9:45 PM Mountain Time. It draws five numbers from 1 through 37. Tickets cost $1 per play per drawing. The jackpot starts at $25,000, increasing by at least $2,000 if there is no play matching all five numbers.

Pick 3[edit]

Pick 3 drawings are held twice daily Monday through Saturday at approximately 1:05 pm and 9:35 pm Mountain Time (MT). Tickets can be purchased until 1:00 pm (MT) for the Day Drawing and until 9:30 pm (MT) for the Evening Drawing. Tickets cost $1 per play per drawing. Prizes range from $5 to $500, depending on play type.

Lucky Numbers Bingo[edit]

Lucky Numbers Bingo drawings are held every 4 minutes. Tickets cost $2 per play per drawing. Prizes range from $1 to $10,000.

Quicksters[edit]

Red Hot Jackpot Bingo is an instant draw game in which the numbers to be matched are printed on the ticket itself. Tickets cost $5 per play per drawing. The jackpot starts at $1,000 and grows until won.

Former draw games[edit]

4 This Way! ended in 2007. It was a pick 4 game.

Multi-state games[edit]

Hot Lotto[edit]

Main article: Hot Lotto

Hot Lotto is available through 15 lotteries, including New Mexico and the District of Columbia. Hot Lotto drawings are on Wednesday and Saturday nights. The game draws five "white balls" numbered from 1 through 47, and an orange "Hot Ball", numbered 1 through 19. The jackpot begins at $1,000,000 (all-cash, and "taxes-paid"), increasing by at least $50,000 if there is no top prize winner. Hot Lotto, whose basic game is $1 per play, has a $2-per-game option, called Sizzler (similar to Powerball's Power Play); it triples non-jackpot prizes.

The Hot Lotto game took its current form after extensive changes on May 12, 2013. Changes included a revised double matrix (adding eight "white balls" to its original 5/39 + 1/19 double matrix), and the $1,000,000 minimum progressive jackpot was changed from annuity-with-a-cash-option to all-cash, and "taxes paid" (i.e., the advertised jackpot amounts are after withholdings, rather than the usual American practice of before withholdings.)

Mega Millions[edit]

Main article: Mega Millions

On October 27, 2009, a special meeting was held by the New Mexico Lottery Board of Directors in which it voted in favor of adding Mega Millions to the Lottery's portfolio. New Mexico joined Mega Millions on January 31, 2010, the official cross-selling date. Mega Millions is available in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Drawings are on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:00 PM Mountain Time. Tickets cost $1 per play per drawing and can be purchased until 8:45 PM Mountain Time for that night's drawing. The jackpot starts at $15 Million and grows until won. The advertised jackpot/grand prize is an estimated amount which is paid as a 30-payment graduated annuity or, at the election of the winner, in a single lump sum payment of the cash value of the annuity jackpot/grand prize (subject to State and Federal taxes). If the winner chooses the annuity, the annual payments will be increased each year by a percentage set out in the MUSL Mega Millions Product Group Rules.

Players can increase the value of any prize, except the jackpot, by purchasing the Megaplier for $1 more per play per drawing.

Monopoly Millionaires′ Club[edit]

On October 19, 2014, twenty-two states and the District of Columbia launched Monopoly Millionaires' Club (MMC), which is based on the Monopoly board game. Games are $5 each. Players choose 5 of 52 numbers; a sixth number, representing the 28 properties on a standard U.S. Monopoly board, is terminal-selected. Jackpots begin at $15 million and capped at $25 million. When a jackpot is won, a minimum of 10 cash millionaires are made with special "Millionaires′ Club" drawings. Players also can enter, online, a 25-character alphanumeric code to win a trip for two (and $500 spending money) to Las Vegas to potentially play for up to $1 million cash. The game show will debut in 2015.

Powerball[edit]

Main article: Powerball

Powerball's jackpot begins at $40 million. Drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8:59 PM Mountain Time. Tickets cost $2 per play per drawing and can be purchased until 8:00 PM Mountain Time for that night's drawing. Players can increase the value of their prize by purchasing the Power Play option for an additional $1.

The advertised Jackpot/Grand Prize is an estimated amount which is paid as an annuity of 30 payments over 29 years or, at the election of the winner, in a single lump sum payment of the cash value of the annuity prize (subject to State and Federal taxes). If the winner chooses the annuity, the annual payments will be increased each year by a percentage set out in the MUSL Powerball Group rules.

Scratch off games[edit]

NM Lottery Scratchers includes a wide variety of instant win games.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions - Is the Lottery a state agency?" New Mexico State Lottery. Retrieved on July 27, 2010.

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