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 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.