Man finds winning Roadrunner ticket in wallet

Lottery winner, Billy Deen Jr., Roadrunner

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – Until Saturday, a Rio Rancho man didn’t realize he had $85,000 in his wallet for nearly two months.

After cleaning out his wallet that day, Billy Deen Jr. found out he was a winner in the June 13 drawing and was able to claim his check from Roadrunner on Monday. He said the ticket was tucked among scraps of paper, receipts and his driver’s license.

Deen said his wife went to a store and got a report, showing he had winning numbers. He said he’s not sure how they’ll spend the money, but the ideas are rolling.

“My wife has a few ideas running through her head, but we need to slow down and let this sink in,” Deen said, according to a news release.

Deen bought the ticket at the Smith’s located at 1000 Rio Rancho Drive Southeast. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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