NM's $2 million Powerball winners are from Hobbs

Posted at: 12/06/2012 12:00 PM
By: KOB.com staff

Joe and Lisa Woodruff of Hobbs came forward Thursday to claim a $2 million Powerball prize from the New Mexico Lottery - a prize they say didn't even know they won until they arrived at the Lottery headquarters in Albuquerque.

“I kept saying, ‘Joe, Joe, pinch me,’” Lisa Woodruff said.

The Woodruffs’ plans for spending the six-figure prize are modest.

“I guess I’ll pay off my Jeep,” Lisa Woodruff said.

Until today, the most the Woodruffs had won was a $7 Powerball prize.

They play Powerball only if the jackpot reaches $300 million.

The buzz around the record $587 million jackpot got their attention, although they never expected to win big.

“I’m not lucky,” Lisa Woodruff said. “My sister’s the lucky one. She walks by a slot machine and it spits out money.”

The winners, who put family birthdates and anniversaries on their ticket, missed the red Powerball of 6 and a share of the record $587 million jackpot.

They bought their lucky ticket at Stripes No. 79 located at 3000 N. Grimes St. in Hobbs.

Previously, the store has sold two large prize-winning lottery tickets paying between $1,500 and $5,000.

For selling the $2 million-winning ticket, Stripes No. 79 is eligible for a $2,500 New Mexico Lottery bonus.

The Woodruffs’ ticket was one of more than 66,000 sold in New Mexico for the Nov. 28 drawing.

After the drawing, New Mexico Lottery players had won more than $3.4 million.

In addition to Woodruffs’ $2 million-winning ticket, the New Mexico Lottery sold a ticket for $1 million.

The $1 million prize has not been claimed yet.

All New Mexico Lottery tickets for drawing games expire 90 days after the date of the drawing.