Submitted to the Optic
A Las Vegas man won a $50,000 prize from the New Mexico Lottery.
Beating odds of 1 in 160,000, Ernest Martinez revealed the prize in a “$50,000 Gold Rush” Scratcher™ that he bought along with his lunch on Wednesday. He played the $5 game in his truck before leaving the store’s parking lot.
“I started laughing,” Martinez recalled for lottery officials in Albuquerque. “And I laughed all the way home. It was so exciting.”