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New Mexico Lottery Information

Information on the New Mexico Lottery, including drawing schedule and results for NM games including Pick 3, Pick 4, Roadrunner Cash, Powerball, Mega Millions, and Lotto America.

New Mexico Drawing Schedule

Check the table for NM draw game schedules and ticket sales cut-off times:

New Mexico Lottery Schedule

Game Draw Days Draw Times* Ticket Sales Close At*
Powerball Wednesday & Saturday 8:59 PM 8:10 PM
Mega Millions Tuesday & Friday 9:00 PM 8:45 PM
Lotto America Wednesday & Saturday 9:15 PM 8:00 PM
Pick 3 Daily 1:00 PM & 9:30 PM 1:00 PM & 9:30 PM
Pick 4 Daily 1:00 PM & 9:30 PM 1:00 PM & 9:30 PM
Roadrunner Cash Daily 9:30 PM 9:30 PM
*Times are shown in MT.

Playing New Mexico Lottery Games

New Mexico residents can purchase tickets for multistate lotteries like Mega Millions, Lotto America and Powerball, but NM also has exciting in-state games that offer great prizes:

  • Pick 3 – exclusive to New Mexico, with drawings twice a day and prizes up to $500.
  • Pick 4 – NM’s own twice-daily draw game where you can win up to $5,500 twice a day.
  • Roadrunner Cash – New Mexico’s very own nightly lottery game with a starting jackpot of $25,000.

You can also try a variety of Scratchers if you’re on the go and want to try your luck at winning a cash prize immediately. These instant win games are sold at authorized retailers throughout the state, and all you need to do is buy one, scratch off the coating and see if you’ve won big!

Fast Play (previously called Quicksters) games offer more chances to win in the Land of Enchantment. Fast Play combines the instant-win excitement of Scratchers with draw game-style tickets that are printed on-demand at the terminal. Each play costs just $1 and prizes can be thousands of dollars.

History of the New Mexico Lottery

The New Mexico Lottery was created on April 5th, 1995 when Governor Gary Johnson signed SB 853 into law. The first day of ticket sales was held on April 27th, 1996 and by the end of their first fiscal year the New Mexico Lottery had hit sales of over $28 million and profits of over $6 million.

Powerball tickets went on sale in NM in October 1996 and the state’s very own lottery game, Roadrunner Cash, held its first drawing on February 10th, 1998. The state joined Mega Millions in January 2010. In June of that year, the New Mexico Lottery and rock band KISS produced the world’s first KISS Scratcher game. On November 12, 2017, the new multistate Lotto America game launched.

100% of New Mexico Lottery net proceeds benefit education in the state. Thanks to players raising money for Legislative Lottery Scholarships, over 122,652 students attended colleges and universities throughout the state, and more than 66,076 have graduated. Over $804.4 million has been raised for educational initiatives in NM since the lottery was launched.

Buying Tickets

New Mexico Lottery tickets are available for sale across the state. From Alamagordo to Tucumcari, there’s always an authorized retailer nearby. You have to be at least 18 years old.

Do you live out-of-state and are intrigued by the New Mexico Lottery games offered? If you’re 18 or above, you can take a road trip to visit an authorized retailer in the state to pick up tickets.

How to Claim a Prize

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, there have been some changes in the way you claim prizes in New Mexico. You can find updates on our dedicated Coronavirus Lottery Updates page.

All prizes must be claimed within 90 days, either from the date of the drawing (for draw games like Powerball) or the date of the announced date of closure (for Scratchers games).

Can winners stay anonymous? No – in NM the Lottery will release the winner’s name, city, and prize amount won, if requested.

You can claim any prize up to $99,999 via mail – see below. Any New Mexico Lottery prize worth $600 or less can also be redeemed by visiting an authorized lottery retailer.

Prizes worth between $601 and $99,999 have to be claimed at the New Mexico Lottery headquarters in Albuquerque in person or by mail.

If you’re lucky enough to win over $100,000, then you’ll need to make that claim in person.

Any prize worth more than $5,000 will be subject to a federal withholding tax of 24 percent and a state withholding tax of six percent.

Do you have questions? Call Lottery customer service at 505-249-3511 Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm or email [email protected]

Claim a prize by mail

Ticket worth up to $99,999 may be claimed by mail. Claims need to be postmarked on or before the prize expiration date.

Simply sign the back of your ticket, fill out the claim form, and mail to:

Find the latest New Mexico Lottery information, game details and results. Get drawing schedule, prize breakdowns and jackpot information for Pick 3, Pick 4 and Roadrunner Cash.

Albuquerque Journal

‘Scratchers’ boosting NM lottery take

By Mike Gallagher / Journal Investigative Reporter

A customer at a convenience store uses a coin to see if he has a winning lottery ticket. Scratchers are making up a larger percentage of lottery revenue.(Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico Lottery revenues, which had declined over the past year in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic, have picked up in recent months led by a 25% increase for July and August in the sale of instant lottery “scratcher” games.

Gamblers shelled out $15.4 million for scratchers during the two-month period, up from $12.3 million for the same period in 2019. Sales for all lottery products for the two-month period were $22.8 million – up from $19.8 million for the same period last year.

Lottery officials lauded the increase as good news while gambling opponents criticized it.

“The scratcher sales increase is great news for the Legislative Lottery Scholarship,” said Wendy Ahlm, director of advertising and marketing for the lottery. “However, it is early in the year and we do not know if it is sustainable.”

Anti-gambling activist Dr. Guy Clark, an Albuquerque dentist, called scratchers “the most addictive of the lottery games.”

“The gambling industry wants us to believe they are just another form of entertainment but going to the movies doesn’t drive people into bankruptcy.”

In most years, scratchers account for between 50% and 54% of lottery revenue but over the past two months, scratchers were bringing in more than 60%.

“Unfortunately, the cause for the increase cannot be determined,” Ahlm said. “It could be due to the lack of outlets for discretionary entertainment dollars.”

Under the state’s health order issued because of the virus, state licensed casinos and movie theaters have been closed since mid-March. Native American casinos voluntarily closed in March, but some of them have now reopened. Brew pubs, restaurants and other businesses are open on a limited basis.

But lottery retailers, primarily convenience and grocery stores, have remained open as essential businesses since March.

Clark last spring predicted an increase in scratcher game sales once the pandemic shut down the state’s casinos.

“I saw what was happening in Texas and figured it would happen here eventually,” he said.

The state lottery changed its marketing approach before the pandemic struck, offering new scratcher games with $500 and $1,000 prizes instead of $50,000 or $200,000. The smaller prizes allow for more winning tickets and Ahlm said that could be another reason for the increased popularity of the games.

Revenues from the lottery, which pays 30% of gross revenues into the scholarship tuition fund, were down about 12% for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

The New Mexico Lottery saw sales drop last fiscal year. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

The tuition fund pays in-state tuition for qualifying New Mexico college students.

Over the past decade, demand for the scholarships, rising tuition costs and the volatility of lottery income have forced lawmakers to supplement the program with non-lottery revenue, tighten eligibility and reduce tuition awards, according to the Legislative Finance Committee.

State lottery records show the amount the lottery paid into the scholarship tuition fund dropped from more than $43 million in June 2019 to just over $38 million for the fiscal year that ended in June 2020.

Sales of the two national games, Powerball and Mega Millions, continued to drop and accounted for a decline in scholarship fund revenue, according to lottery officials.

Ahlm said lotteries around the country have seen the decline in revenue from the big national games “causing significant concern for beneficiary funding.”

Sales of the national “draw” games dropped by $21 million for the fiscal year that ended in June.

Powerball sales declined 7% and Mega Millions dropped 10%, Ahlm said.

Lottery officials around the country blamed the decline on a lack of large jackpots that attract people who don’t typically buy lottery tickets.

State lottery records show more people buy lottery tickets in the national games when the payouts reach $250 million or more.

The Mega Millions game payout reached $1.5 billion in fiscal 2019 and the Powerball game had a $768 million prize the same year. Those prizes led to record sales for the New Mexico lottery.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Gamblers itching for a win flocking to instant tickets