New Game Rules, Great Results for Powerball Millionaires in New Mexico

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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.

Larry Martinez, who was dozing, sat up from his recliner and immediately recognized his numbers. He retrieved his ticket from the visor of his truck and then verified the numbers on his ticket with the numbers posted on the lottery’s website.

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.

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