Santa Fe man claims $1 million Powerball prize

October 4, 2012 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A newly retired Santa Fe judge has come forward to claim a $1 million prize in the multi-state Powerball game.

New Mexico Lottery officials [auth] say Michael Vigil was one winning number away from taking the $40 million jackpot in last Saturday’s drawing.

Still, he’s the state lottery’s seventh millionaire so far this year.

The Albuquerque Journal says Vigil just retired as a state district judge. His last day after 18 years on the bench was last Friday.

Vigil told lottery officials in Albuquerque that he plans to use his prize to pay bills, visit family out of state and travel abroad.

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