Rio Rancho couple wins $7.6M lottery jackpot in NM

August 6, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Rio Rancho couple has claimed a $7.6 million Hot Lotto jackpot from the New Mexico Lottery.

Doug Barnard and his wife Roberta came forward Tuesday with the winning ticket from [auth] last Saturday’s drawing.

The odds of winning a Hot Lotto jackpot are 1 in 29 million.

Doug Barnard says he began playing Hot Lotto for the first time about two weeks ago.

He didn’t realize the quick-pick ticket had the winning numbers until he checked them on the lottery’s website Tuesday morning.

Robert Barnard told KOB-TV that she didn’t even know her husband had bought the tickets, which were purchased at a gasoline station.

After they pay off the mortgage to their home and buy a new car, the Barnards say the rest of their winnings will be invested.

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