New Mexico Winner is Roadrunner Winner (of $143,000)

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A Santa Fe man claimed a $143,000 jackpot from the New Mexico Lottery.

Anthony Valdez matched the winning numbers in a game called Roadrunner, beating odds of 1 in approximately 435,000.

Valdez, who checked his ticket’s numbers against drawing results posted at the lottery’s website, said he never expected to win.

I was in shock, he told lottery officials in Albuquerque. I still am.

Even though he discovered his good fortune the day after the drawing, Valdez waited more than a week to claim his prize so that his parents, his brother and his brother’s family could come with him.

I wanted them to enjoy this experience with me, he said.

Valdez said he plans to use his prize to buy a new house.

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