A Loving, NM construction worker claimed a $2 million Powerball prize from the Wednesday, January 6 Powerball draw.
Jose M. Sarabia from Fort Stockton, TX claimed his prize at New Mexico Lottery headquarters in Albuquerque at the close of business today. He has worked in New Mexico for the last three years, commuting back to his home on weekends.
Sarabia's ticket matched the white ball numbers of 02, 11, 47, 62 and 63. He missed landing that night's jackpot of $500 million by not matching the winning red Powerball of 17.
Fifteen other lucky lottery players across the nation won $1 million in the January 6 Powerball draw. But thanks to Sarabia's additional purchase of $1 Power Play, he was the only winner in the U.S. to double his Powerball prize to $2 Million for that draw.
Sarabia always purchases Power Play so that he can multiply his prizes. However, he almost didn't get his winning ticket. When he asked for a Powerball with Power Play, she accidentally printed two tickets. She then tried to sell it to his friend, who didn't want it. But Sarabia wanted that ticket and bought it.
When asked if his friend regretted not buying the ticket Jose smiled and said, "No, he said it was my ticket, it was meant for me."
Sarabia plans to pay off his house and vehicles, donate to his church and help his parents. His advice to players, "Keep on playing. If you play, you win. One of these days it will be your lucky day."
Sarabia bought his lucky ticket at the Brewer Oil Loving Chevron located at 100 N. 8th Street in Loving. For selling the $2 million-winning ticket, the store is eligible for a $2,500 New Mexico Lottery bonus.
Sarabia already purchased his ticket for Wednesday's Powerball jackpot, which was increased this morning to $1.5 Billion. As he left the Lottery he smiled and said, "I'll see you soon."
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