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.