ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — John Baker of Albuquerque claimed a $2,000,300 Powerball ticket Friday.
New Mexico Lottery officials said Baker chose Powerball numbers using a personal formula he memorized from when he used to play Keno. He then he plays the numbers across multiple wagers.
On two wagers, Baker played the white ball numbers of 6, 10, 23, 41 and 45, but selected 4 as the red Powerball for one wager and 6 for another wager.
When the winning white ball numbers came in as 6, 10, 23, 41 and 45, the two wagers won $1 million each. The odds of winning a single $1 million Powerball prize are approximately 1 in 5 million.
The remaining three wagers won $100 each by matching four of the winning white balls, bring his total winnings to $2,000,300.
Although Baker declined to disclose his age or have his photo taken, he said his birthday is next week.
“This is the best birthday present ever,” he said. “I’m going to spend some of it and save some of it.”
Had Baker picked 1 as his Powerball number, he would have won a jackpot of $123 million.
Baker purchased his ticket at 7-Eleven located at 1801 San Pedro NE, lottery offiicals said.