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New Mexico Lottery
MEXICO 87109
E-mail Address:
Phone: (505) 342-7600
Fax: (505) 342-7510
Population: 2,009,671
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Interim CEO: David M. Barden
Year Lottery Founded: 1996
Gross Sales FY 2015:
Gross Sales FY 2016:
Number of Employees: 63
Retailers : 1,100
On-line Vendor: INTRALOT
July 2007 July 2014
Primary Instant Ticket Contract: GTECH Printing Corporation
February 2010 February 2014 w/ four one-year contract extensions
Secondary Ticket Contract Scientific Games
ITVMs: Interlott
Advertising: Kilmer & Kilmer Inc.
Games Offered: Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto, Road Runner Cash, Pick Three, Instants.
Beneficiaries: All proceeds go to the Lottery Tuition Fund.
Jurisdiction: New Mexico


In 1994, New Mexico voters passed a constitutional amendment approving both lottery and video gambling. The state’s Supreme Court struck down the amendment because it combined ballot questions, but after legislative changes, a lottery bill was passed in April 1995.
Ticket sales began April 27, 1996, with two scratch games, the $1 Match 3 and the $2 Big Fun, Big Help. During the first eight days of operation, some 8.3 million tickets were sold, generating $10.6 million in sales. Less than three months later, the New Mexico Lottery repaid in full the $2.8 million in Lottery Revenue Bonds used for the startup.
The Lottery’s first draw game was Powerball, which debuted in October 1996. Another MUSL game, Daily Millions, joined the lineup in February 1997. A year later, Roadrunner Cash became the first game sold exclusively in New Mexico.
Current draw games offered by the New Mexico Lottery include Powerball, Mega Millions, Roadrunner Cash, Hot Lotto and Pick 3. Also available are Quicksters, instant games that are played through retail terminals.
In January 2011, the Lottery had some fun with its Lucky Dog Photo Contest, the first time a scratch ticket was inspired by players. Dog owners could submit photos through the Lottery’s website, where players voted for their favorites.
Six of the top 25 vote-getters where chosen to adorn the game’s tickets. In the beginning, Lottery proceeds were divided between the Public School Capital Outlay Fund (60 percent) and the Lottery Tuition Fund (40 percent). Legislation in 2000 changed the split to 50/50, and beginning June 15, 2001, the Tuition Fund was given 100 percent of Lottery profits.
Legislative Lottery Scholarships help provide tuition to New Mexico residents who want to attend a New Mexico public college or university.

News Archives
March 3 2021 The New Mexico Lottery is Seeking Applicants for the Position of Data Applications Manager
February 25, 2021 New Mexico Lottery Discusses New Second-Chance Promotion
September 24, 2020 ‘Scratchers’ Boosting New Mexico Lottery Revenues
September 2, 2020 The New Mexico Lottery Authority Has an Opening for an Information Technology Administrator
September 2, 2020 Powerball® First Millionaire of the Year Promotion Returns to New Mexico
July 7, 2019 New Mexico Lottery Thanks Senators John Arthur Smith and Jacob Candelaria with “Legislator of the Year” Recognition
May 9, 2019 New Mexico Lottery Offers a Chance to Become the First Powerball® Millionaire of 2020
April 7, 2019 Governor Pocket Vetoes Bill to Keep Secret the Names of Lottery Winners
March 5, 2019 Bill Granting Anonymity to Lottery Winners Passes New Mexico Senate
March 4, 2019 Lottery Changes Approved in House
March 4, 2019 New Mexico House Halts Lottery Expansion to Sports Betting
February 21, 2019 Duplicate Numbers in Pick 4 Drawings
February 20, 2019 Senate OK’s Bill Decoupling NM Lottery’s 30 Percent Requirement to Put 30% of Its Gross Sales into the Scholarship Fund
February 17, 2019 NM Lottery’s New 'Pick 4' Game Expected to Greatly Benefit Lottery Scholarship
February 13, 2019 NM Senate Committee Advances Bill to Keep Names of Lottery Winners Secret
February 9, 2019 Bill Seeks To Ban Wagering By New Mexico Lottery

News Archives for CY2018
August 2, 2018 New Mexico Lottery Ticket Sales Up by Nearly Six Percent in FY2018
July 26, 2018 Lottery Officials Eye Sports-Related Games
March 17, 2018 Call for State Legislature to Repeal the Mandate Requiring 30 Percent of Lottery Ticket Sales Go to College Scholarship Program
March 6, 2018 New Mexico State Bird Featured in New Lottery Game
January 22, 2018 Bill Enables Lottery to Increase Return to Players

News 2017
October 18, 2017 The New Mexico Lottery Has Issued an RFP for Instant Ticket Printing and Related Services; and A player Loyalty Program
October 30, 2017 New Mexico Lottery Introduces New Draw Game with a Vintage Name: “Lotto AmericaSM
August 9, 2017 New Mexico Lottery Announces FY 2017 Revenue Transfer
August 7, 2017 Get Your Ticket! Hot Lotto® Game Ends October 28
May 18, 2017 New Mexico Lottery Announces April 2017 Revenue Transfers to the Legislative Lottery Scholarship Fund
May 18, 2017 Lottery Executives Urge Lawmakers to Repeal Requirement for State Lottery to Turn Over30 Percent of Gross Revenues to Scholarship Program
May 1, 2017 New Mexico Lottery Expands “Points and Rewards” Promotion
March 10, 2017 Proposal to Loosen Lottery Regulations Dies in House
February 28, 2017 House Panel Endorses Changes in Lottery Operations
February 7, 2017 Committee Approves Ban on Video Lottery Games

News Archive for CY2016
November 14, 2016 New Mexico Lottery Adds a New Product to its Holiday Game Mix
October 11, 2016 New Mexico Lottery Wins Prestigious National Awards
September 30, 2016 Lottery Chief Urges Lawmakers to Repeal the 30 Percent Contribution Requirement and Support the ‘Pay-at-the-Pump’ Ticket Program
September 10, 2016 New Mexico Has Yet to Determine Legality of Daily Fantasy Sports
September 9, 2016 New Mexico Lottery Launch its Next Thriller: Chia Pet® Zombie Scratchers
August 15, 2016 New Mexico Lottery Announces Record-Breaking Transfer to the Legislative Lottery Scholarship Fund
August 8, 2016 New Mexico's Play at the Pump Lottery Faces Legal Hurdle
August 6, 2016 Lottery’s General Counsel Says Ticket Sales at Gas Pump Are Legal with Debit Card
August 3, 2016 New Mexico Lawmakers Challenge State Lottery's 'Play at the Pump' Program
July 25, 2016 New Mexico Lottery Announce New Test Program “Play at the Pump”
June 9, 2016 New Mexico Lottery Launches a Summer Blockbuster: “GHOSTBUSTERS™” Scratchers™!
April 27, 2016 New Mexico Lottery Turns 20
April 5, 2016 New Mexico Lottery’s Biggest Ticket Ever and New Family of “Sizzlin 7s” Super Tuesday Scratchers™ Launched
March 9, 2016 Lottery Bill Tops List of Bills Vetoed by Governor
February 16, 2016 House Panel Sidelines Lottery Bill
February 14, 2016 Senate Approves Bill Aimed at Shoring-Up Lottery Scholarship
February 11, 2016 Senate Votes in Favour of Measure Aimed at Boosting New Mexico Lottery
February 8, 2016 Lottery Change Advances in Senate
February 1, 2016 Committee Unanimously Votes to Approve Bill That Would Transfer Unclaimed Lottery Prize Money to the Lottery Tuition Fund


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