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New Mexicans Win Lottery Prizes, But Not Jackpot

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A number of New Mexicans won prizes in Friday’s historic Mega Millions lottery, including Fruitland resident Raechel Halwood who won $250,000 by matching five of the six numbers drawn. Halwood, 28, missed out on a share of the lottery’s record $656 million jackpot by not having the Mega Ball of 23 on her quick-pick ticket, lottery officials said.

Four Mega Millions tickets worth $10,000 apiece were redeemed Monday, including a group of five Albuquerque firefighters. Steven Keffer, Clinton Anderson, Jedediah Hyland, Paul McClure and Sitien Do said they plan to share their winnings with colleague Vincent Cordova, 24, who is being treated for a brain tumor in California.

New Mexico Lottery spokeswoman Linda Hamlin said someone bought a Powerball ticket for Saturday’s drawing worth $1 million. As of Tuesday, no one had claimed that prize.

A $515,000 Roadrunner Cash jackpot from the game’s Feb. 28 drawing is still unclaimed, she said. The ticket matches the winning numbers of 3, 7, 16, 17 and 23.

Prizes for all New Mexico Lottery drawing games must be claimed within 90 calendar days of the draw date. More information on the state lottery, including winning numbers, are available at www.nmlottery.com.

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