A woman from Las Cruces claimed a $2 million Powerball prize today and she's playing the same lucky numbers tomorrow for a chance at the jackpot of $380 million.
Romana Saavedra, who claimed her prize in person at New Mexico Lottery headquarters in Albuquerque, was lucky twice in the Nov. 29 drawing.
First, Saavedra’s ticket matched the white ball numbers of 13, 24, 30, 42 and 48 to win $1 million.
Then her prize jumped to $2 million because she purchased the game's $1 Power Play feature. Power Play multiplies non-jackpot prizes.
Saavedra, who has played the same birthdates and anniversaries on every lottery ticket for the past five years, discovered her prize Monday after retrieving old tickets from her car and purse. She checked approximately 20 tickets with winning numbers posted online. When she discovered the winning ticket, she called her husband.
"I was shaking," she recalled for lottery officials. "It's something you can't believe."
Saavedra said she plans to share her prize with her family.
"I'm lucky because I have three great kids," she said.
Saavedra said she regularly plays lottery games because she believes in supporting the Legislative Lottery Scholarship program.
"I tell people all the time that buying a ticket helps kids go to school," she said.
Saavedra's three sons attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships. Two graduated from New Mexico State University and one graduated from the University of New Mexico.
Saavedra bought her lucky ticket at the Western Refining Store located at 2210 E. Lohman Ave. in Las Cruces.
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