ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque resident Robert Platt’s taxes might be a little harder to do next year.
Before working on his 2011 taxes Sunday morning, Platt checked his Powerball and Hot Lotto tickets on the state lottery’s website and discovered he had won Saturday’s $1.54 million Hot Lotto jackpot.
“I started looking at the numbers, and I realized I have all these numbers,” Platt told state lottery officials Monday when he claimed his prize. “I was shocked.”
Platt’s quick-pick ticket matched the winning numbers of 7, 16, 18, 32, 35 and the Hot Ball of 8, beating the lottery’s odds of 1 in nearly 11 million.
Platt, who said he began playing the 15-state Hot Lotto four months ago, elected to take the jackpot’s pre-tax cash option of $1.15 million. He said he plans to pay off his mortgage and his son’s loans for law school in California.
Platt bought his winning ticket at the 7-Eleven store at 7525 Montgomery NE. For selling the jackpot-winning ticket, the store is eligible for a $10,000 bonus, state lottery spokeswoman Linda Hamlin said.
Hamlin also said a Powerball ticket sold in New Mexico matched the five white balls for Saturday’s drawing and is worth $1 million. The ticket holder had not claimed the prize as of late Monday.
Since 1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised more than $514 million for public education, and more than 75,300 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships. More information about the lottery is available at www.nmlottery.com.
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal