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New Mexico man claims 15 prizes in Mega Millions draw worth $60,000

Jul 17, 2014, 2:27 pm

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An Albuquerque, New Mexico, man won 15 prizes totaling $60,000 in one Mega Millions drawing.

Steven Traub claimed his prizes in person at New Mexico Lottery headquarters yesterday.

"This has made my day," Traub said.

Winner Played Ages as Lucky Numbers ... Again and Again

For the July 8 drawing, Traub purchased five plays on three tickets for a total of 15 plays.

On every play, Traub used the ages of his four youngest children and his wife — 14, 19, 25, 27 and 49 — as his white ball numbers.  To complete the plays, Traub selected one from each of the game's 15 yellow Mega Balls.

The winning numbers on July 8 were 14, 25, 27, 48, and 49, with Mega Ball number 9.

On 14 plays, Traub matched four white ball numbers to win 14 prizes of $500 each, totaling $7,000.  On one play, he matched four white ball numbers and the yellow Mega Ball to win $5,000.  Traub's winnings came to $12,000, but his good fortune didn't end there.

Megaplied

Traub added the game's Megaplier feature to each play.  The $1-per-play feature multiplies non-jackpot prizes between two and five times, depending on the multiplier drawn.  On July 8, the number 5 was drawn as the multiplier.

Traub's winnings went from $12,000 to $60,000.

'Disbelief'

The winner discovered his good fortune Tuesday night when he checked his tickets for prizes. 

"I sat in my car in disbelief," Traub said.

He said he plans to use his prizes to pay bills and travel.

Traub bought his lucky ticket at Pump N Save located at 3600 Wyoming Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.  Previously, the store has sold 28 large-prize winning lottery tickets paying between $600 and $200,000.

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