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New Mexico Lottery still looking for $93 million Powerball winner

Aug 12, 2005, 10:31 pm

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New Mexico Lottery officials have announced that Wednesday night's $93.4 million winning Powerball ticket was sold at a retailer in the metropolitan Albuquerque area.

Additional information about the retailer is not being released at this time.

No one claiming the prize had come to Lottery headquarters in Albuquerque by the time offices closed for the weekend late Friday afternoon.

Additionally, no credible calls were received from an individual or individuals claiming to have the winning ticket. The Lottery claim center re-opens Monday morning at 8:30.

"It is not unusual for large winners in New Mexico and elsewhere to take their time before claiming a prize," said Lottery CEO Tom Shaheen. "We hope that our Powerball jackpot winner is using this time to seek professional legal and financial guidance before calling us to make an appointment and come in."

This is the New Mexico Lottery's third winning Powerball jackpot. If claimed by an individual, the $93.4 million annuitized jackpot or the $52.2 million lump sum would be the Lottery's second-largest prize.

As part of the New Mexico Lottery's retailers' incentive program, retailers selling Powerball jackpots are eligible to receive a $50,000 bonus.

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