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