New Mexico Lottery Winner

New Mexico Lottery Winner

POSTED: Friday, February 5, 2010 - 8:51am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:26pm

Albuquerque, NM (AP) An Albuquerque man who matched five numbers in the Powerball game has claimed his $1 million prize.

The New Mexico Lottery says Eduardo Vazquez came forward to claim the prize at lottery headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday. His ticket matched five white numbers from the Jan. 30 Powerball drawing.

Lottery officials say the prize would have been $200,000 but increased fivefold because Vazquez paid an extra $1 for the Power Play option.

Vazquez says he spends about $4 to $6 a week on lottery games just for fun.

He says he plans to share his prize with family and close friends.

The winning ticket was sold at a Smith's grocery store in Santa Fe. The store is eligible for a $2,500 bonus for selling the $1 million ticket.

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