Roswell resident Jaime Torres won $10,000 in the Jan. 19 Powerball drawing. He purchased the winning quick-pick ticket at Allsup’s Store No. 335, 2501 N. Main St.
Torres’ ticket matched the winning white ball numbers of 8, 28, 29 and 34, and the winning red Powerball of 35. Torres missed the fifth winning white ball, 38, to land a jackpot of $100 million.
“Now, I think anything is possible,” Torres told lottery officials Tuesday when he claimed his prize in Albuquerque.
Torres said when he learned of his good fortune, he was buying refreshments while on his way to watch a football game on television.
“The clerk told me that I was going to have to claim a prize at the lottery office,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it at first.”
He told lottery officials he left the store in a daze and couldn’t remember buying his snacks or even putting them into his vehicle.
“It was amazing,” he said.
Torres said before he pays a few bills, he plans to use some of his winnings to buy a purse that his wife had been admiring online.
In addition to Torres’ lucky ticket, Allsup’s Store No. 335 has sold 14 other prize-winning lottery tickets paying between $1,000 and $100,000.
Roswell resident John Syska won a $10,000 Scratcher prize in December.