Friday, February 05, 2010
Duke City Man Wins $1 Million Prize
Journal Staff Report
Albuquerque resident Eduardo Vazquez is $1 million richer today, minus taxes, after claiming a Powerball prize Thursday from the New Mexico Lottery.
Vazquez, 62, bought a ticket for the Jan. 30 Powerball drawing that matched the five white balls of 6, 26, 35, 47 and 48 — normally good for $200,000. But he added the game's Power Play option for an extra $1, which multiplied his winnings by five and boosted his prize to $1 million.
After taxes, Vazquez will pocket about $690,000, according to lottery officials.
Had Vazquez's "quick pick" ticket included the red Powerball of 21, he would have hit a jackpot estimated at $90 million.
Vazquez, his wife, Angeles, and friend Mario Martinez claimed the prize Thursday afternoon. Vazquez told lottery officials that he plans to share his winnings with family and close friends.
Vazquez, a produce manager for a local supermarket, said he spends about $4 to $6 a week on lottery games.
The winning ticket was sold by Smith's No. 491 at 2110 Pacheco St. in Santa Fe. The store is eligible for a $2,500 bonus for selling the $1 million ticket.