While cleaning out his wallet earlier this month, a Rio Rancho man found a New Mexico Lottery ticket worth $85,000 tucked among scraps of paper, receipts and his driver’s license.
Billy Deen Jr. matched the winning numbers of 20, 23, 28, 30 and 31 on a quick-pick ticket from the June 13 drawing in the Roadrunner Cashgame.
Deen said he didn’t know how much the ticket was worth until his wife went to a store and asked for a report that showed all the prizes won in the June 13 drawing, including a jackpot of $85,000. She brought the report home and laid it on the couch.
“She said, ‘That’s how much you won,’” Deen told lottery officials last Monday.
Deen said he has no idea how he’s going to spend his five-figure windfall.
Naturally, his wife might have a say.
“My wife has a few ideas running through her head,” Deen said, “but we need to slow down and let this sink in.”
Deen bought his lucky ticket at Smith’s, 1000 NM 528, in Rio Rancho. Previously, the store has sold 18 large prize-winning lottery tickets paying between $1,000 and $25,000.
For selling the jackpot-winning ticket, Smith’s is eligible for a $1,000 lottery bonus.
— Sterling Fluharty