Larry and Cynthia Martinez of Blanco, New Mexico claimed the nation’s first $1 million prize in the new Powerball game.
The Martinez’ ticket for the game’s Jan. 18 drawing matched the white ball numbers of 6, 29, 34, 44 and 50 to win a second-place prize of $1 million. Previously, the prize for matching five white balls was $200,000.
Larry Martinez selected his numbers, a combination of the month and year he was born and digits from an old workplace identification badge. They discovered their good fortune yesterday evening while watching the news.
I was making supper and I said, “Larry, you need to pay attention. They’re calling out numbers,’ Cynthia Martinez recalled.
I kind of freaked out, Larry Martinez said. I wondered “How did I win $1 million?’
As newly minted millionaires, the couple plans to make investments and share the prize with their three sons and grandson.