Backseat Lottery Ticket Wins Jackpot

Jul 22, 14 Backseat Lottery Ticket Wins Jackpot

July 22, 2014 – A New Mexico man was driving around with hundreds of thousands of dollars sitting in his backseat, yet he didn’t realize it for months.

Dennis Romero, from Albuquerque, N.M., bought a quick pick ticket for the New Mexico Lottery’s Roadrunner Cash game way back in May.  On the May 29 drawing, Romero hit the jackpot – but he never checked the ticket.

That’s why he was shocked last Friday to find out that he’d won a $385,000 jackpot almost two months ago.

Romero told lottery officials yesterday that he noticed some old tickets in the backseat of his car, and decided it was about time to stop and check them at a lottery retailer.

“When it said ‘Claim at lottery,’ I knew I had won something big,” Romero said.

“Something big” indeed.  Romero’s ticket matched the five Roadrunner Cash numbers drawn May 29 – 4, 10, 12, 31 and 32 – to win the jackpot, but that wasn’t all of Romero’s winnings.

The lucky ticket had two other lines, which each won $1!  Sure, it’s not a second jackpot, but two bucks is a nice cherry on top of Romero’s $385,000.  The big winner said he’d use his jackpot to pay bills and get ready for retirement.

Romero also told lottery officials that he’s learned an important lesson: “From now on, I’m going to check my tickets more often.”

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Written by Matt Isaacs

Matt is the Editorial Manager for the LotteryHUB News Team. Matt graduated from Rutgers University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies in May 2013

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