New Mexico Lottery
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (March 2010)|
The New Mexico Lottery is run by the government of New Mexico. It is a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). Its games include Hot Lotto, Mega Millions, Powerball, Pick3, and Roadrunner Cash. .
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.
New Mexico requires lottery players to be at least 18.
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.
Pick 3 is played twice daily (drawings 1:30pm and 9pm Mountain Time) Mondays through Saturdays. Minimum play is $1, which can win from $5 to $500.
Roadrunner Cash also is drawn Mondays through Saturdays. It draws five numbers from 1 through 37. The jackpot starts at $25,000, increasing by at least $2,000 if there is no play matching all five numbers.
Hot Lotto (16 jurisdictions)
Hot Lotto is played in 15 states and the District of Columbia. Hot Lotto drawings are on Wednesdays and Saturdays. 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 the original version of Powerball's Power Play); it triples non-jackpot prizes.
The Hot Lotto game was revamped on May 12, 2013; changes include 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" (jackpot amounts are advertised as after withholdings, rather than the usual American practice of before withholdings.)
Powerball (45 jurisdictions)
Since 1996, New Mexico has been a member of MUSL. Powerball's jackpots begin at $40 million; it is drawn Wednesday and Saturday nights.
Mega Millions (45 jurisdictions)
On October 13, 2009 the Mega Millions consortium and MUSL reached an agreement in principle to cross-sell Mega Millions and Powerball in U.S. lottery jurisdictions. On October 27, 2009, a special meeting was held by the Lottery Board of Directors; it voted in favor of adding Mega Millions. The Lottery began selling Mega Millions tickets on January 31, 2010.
4 This Way! ended in 2007. It was a pick-4 game that was played differently than other pick-4 games.
- "Frequently Asked Questions - Is the Lottery a state agency?" New Mexico State Lottery. Retrieved on July 27, 2010.