Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico
PORTALES — A Portales woman won a $50,000 prize on Saturday after she scratched a winning lottery ticket.
Rachel Martinez said she claimed a check totaling $35,500 after taxes on Monday in Albuquerque. She said she has already spent most of the money, buying a new truck, paying off some bills and giving $10,000 to her sister and brother-in-law.
Martinez is the third person to win the $50,000 top prize allocated from the $5 scratcher game. The odds of winning the top prize are 160,000 to one, according to N.M. Lottery spokesperson Nadine Guillen.