Las Cruces woman claims Powerball prize

$1M Powerball prize goes unclaimed

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A Las Cruces woman has come forward to claim a $2 million prize in the Powerball game from the New Mexico Lottery.

Lottery officials said Friday that Romana Saavedra’s ticket for a Nov. 29 drawing matched the five white ball numbers to win $1 million.

She doubled her prize to $2 million by adding the $1 Power Play feature to her ticket, which multiplies non-jackpot prizes.

Saavedra only found her ticket Monday while going through her car and purse.

Saavedra says she plans to share her prize money with her husband and three grown children.

She also will be playing the same lucky numbers Saturday for a chance to win a $380 million jackpot. 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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