Robert Platt

April 14, 2012

New Mexico

Albuquerque Man Claims $1.54 Million Hot Lotto® Jackpot

ALBUQUERQUE – Robert Platt of Albuquerque claimed a $1.54 million Hot Lotto® jackpot from the New Mexico Lottery today.

In Saturday's drawing, Platt's quick-pick ticket matched the winning numbers of 7, 16, 18, 32, 35 and the Hot Ball of 8. The odds of winning a Hot Lotto jackpot are 1 in nearly 11 million. Before working on his tax return yesterday morning, Platt checked both his Powerball® and Hot Lotto tickets against the winning numbers posted at the lottery's website.

"I started looking at the numbers and I realized I have all these numbers," he said. "I was shocked."

Platt, who began playing Hot Lotto four months ago, elected to take the jackpot's pre-tax cash option of $1.15 million. His plans as a jackpot winner include retiring his home loan as well as his son's loans for law school in California.

The winner purchased his lucky ticket at 7-Eleven No. 57720 located at 7525 Montgomery Blvd. NE in Albuquerque. The store, which is operated by Southwest LLC, has sold 24 large prize-winning lottery tickets ranging between $1,000 and $185,000. For selling the jackpot-winning ticket, the store is eligible for a $10,000 New Mexico Lottery bonus.