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The New Mexico Lottery was established in 1996, releasing the first lottery game for the people of New Mexico which were $1 and $2 scratch tickers. While on route to the Lottery headquarters needed to put the $1 and $2 scratch offs under tight surveillance since they were worth over $7.2 million.

The New Mexico Lottery has been the largest benefactor for educational funding in the state. From the beginning, the New Mexico Lottery has been providing students with full scholarships to post-secondary education through the Legislative Lottery Scholarship Fund. Since 1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised more than $340 million dollars which have been used to send over 48,000 students to colleges, universities and technical colleges within the state of New Mexico.
The New Mexico Lottery mission is to open doors to new generations of New Mexicans enabling them to obtain a higher level of education than what may not have been possible otherwise.

Road Runner

The Road Runner is a small progressive jackpot game with a guaranteed prize of $20,000 and will continue to grow until a winner has been declared. As of to date the highest jackpot won in the Road Runner was $400,000. The Road Runner can be purchased for $1 and allows you to choose five numbers from 1 through 34. If you match all five numbers during the draw you win that night’s jackpot. The top prize is pari-mutuel. During the draw the lottery will draw an additional number on top of the previous five. This is the Bonus Ball which gives you the chance to win secondary prizes.

Hot Lotto

Hot Lotto is the most recent edition to New Mexico’s Lottery games and it is a played across various states within the United States. This is a jackpot game with a guaranteed prize of $1,000,000 and because it is a multi-state jackpot game it can grow very quickly if no winner has been declared during draw.

To play Hot Lotto you will need to choose five numbers from 1 through 39 and a Hot Ball number from 1 through 19. You will also be given the option to add the Sizzler which is an additional bonus to the Hot Lotto. To win you must match all five numbers plus the Hot Ball number for the jackpot. There are 9 different ways to win on a single ticket. The Sizzler feature gives you the chance to triple your Hot Lotto prizes if you match this number in combination with your winning numbers on your ticket. The Hot Lotto is available twice a week with draws held on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


Scratchers are New Mexico’s instant win game featuring over 50 different games with each one crated with a different theme, jackpot and cost. The New Mexico Lottery sells scratch offs for as low as $1 with the highest game available for purchase for $20. The prizes range from $1 to $500,000 depending on the game. The most popular games released based on ticket sales have been the Crossword, Bingo and Match 3 games.

Three Number Game

The “Three Number Game” is New Mexico’s daily numbers game and is quite similar to the Pick 3 games across the US. To play this game you will need to choose three numbers from 1 through 9, than determine the type of bet you would like to place. The Three Number Game can be won simply by matching two out of three numbers and offers a top prize of $500 on a $1 wager. Tickets cost $1 each. You can play this game up to six games in advance.

Once you have chosen your numbers you will need to determine your bet either by placing a wager on an Exact Order, Any Order or Exact/Any Order.

Exact Order – All three number must match the numbers drawn in consecutive order
Any Order – Your numbers can match the draw numbers in any order
Exact/Any Order – The ticket can match the three numbers drawn in exact order or any order

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