Doug & Roberta Barnard

August 3, 2013

New Mexico

Rio Rancho Couple Claims $7.6 Million Hot LottoŽ Jackpot

Doug and Roberta Barnard of Rio Rancho claimed a $7.6 million Hot Lotto jackpot from the New Mexico Lottery today.

"My budget for an anniversary gift just went way up," Doug Barnard joked. The Barnards will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in December.

In Saturday's drawing, the Barnards' quick-pick ticket matched the winning numbers of 2, 4, 29, 38, 41 and the Hot Ball of 7. The odds of winning a Hot Lotto jackpot are 1 in 29 million.

Doug Barnard, who began playing Hot Lotto for the first time about two weeks ago, had no idea the jackpot had been hit until this morning when he checked his tickets with the winning numbers posted at the lottery's website.

"I thought 'Okay, what do I do now,'" he told lottery officials in Albuquerque.

He texted his wife.

"The text read, 'Call me. Big news,'" Roberta Barnard said. "I didn't even know he had bought tickets."

After they pay off the mortgage to their home and buy a new car, the Barnards said the money will be invested.

The Barnards purchased their lucky ticket at Sandia Shell No 100 located at 7801 Carrway in Rio Rancho. For selling the jackpot-winning ticket, the store is eligible for a $10,000 New Mexico Lottery bonus.