New Mexico Lottery Information

Information on the New Mexico Lottery, including drawing schedule and results for NM games including Pick 3, Pick 4, Roadrunner Cash, Powerball, Mega Millions, and Lotto America.


New Mexico Drawing Schedule

Check the table for NM draw game schedules and ticket sales cut-off times:

New Mexico Lottery Schedule
Game Draw Days Draw Times* Ticket Sales Close At*
Powerball Wednesday & Saturday 8:59 PM 8:10 PM
Mega Millions Tuesday & Friday 9:00 PM 8:45 PM
Lotto America Wednesday & Saturday 9:15 PM 8:00 PM
Pick 3 Daily 1:00 PM & 9:30 PM 1:00 PM & 9:30 PM
Pick 4 Daily 1:00 PM & 9:30 PM 1:00 PM & 9:30 PM
Roadrunner Cash Daily 9:30 PM 9:30 PM
*Times are shown in MT.

Playing New Mexico Lottery Games

New Mexico residents can purchase tickets for multistate lotteries like Mega Millions, Lotto America and Powerball, but NM also has exciting in-state games that offer great prizes:

  • Pick 3 - exclusive to New Mexico, with drawings twice a day and prizes up to $500.
  • Pick 4 - NM's own twice-daily draw game where you can win up to $5,500 twice a day.
  • Roadrunner Cash - New Mexico's very own nightly lottery game with a starting jackpot of $25,000.

You can also try a variety of Scratchers if you're on the go and want to try your luck at winning a cash prize immediately. These instant win games are sold at authorized retailers throughout the state, and all you need to do is buy one, scratch off the coating and see if you've won big!

Fast Play (previously called Quicksters) games offer more chances to win in the Land of Enchantment. Fast Play combines the instant-win excitement of Scratchers with draw game-style tickets that are printed on-demand at the terminal. Each play costs just $1 and prizes can be thousands of dollars.

History of the New Mexico Lottery

The New Mexico Lottery was created on April 5th, 1995 when Governor Gary Johnson signed SB 853 into law. The first day of ticket sales was held on April 27th, 1996 and by the end of their first fiscal year the New Mexico Lottery had hit sales of over $28 million and profits of over $6 million.

Powerball tickets went on sale in NM in October 1996 and the state's very own lottery game, Roadrunner Cash, held its first drawing on February 10th, 1998. The state joined Mega Millions in January 2010. In June of that year, the New Mexico Lottery and rock band KISS produced the world's first KISS Scratcher game. On November 12, 2017, the new multistate Lotto America game launched.

100% of New Mexico Lottery net proceeds benefit education in the state. Thanks to players raising money for Legislative Lottery Scholarships, over 122,652 students attended colleges and universities throughout the state, and more than 66,076 have graduated. Over $804.4 million has been raised for educational initiatives in NM since the lottery was launched.

Buying Tickets

New Mexico Lottery tickets are available for sale across the state. From Alamagordo to Tucumcari, there's always an authorized retailer nearby. You have to be at least 18 years old.

Do you live out-of-state and are intrigued by the New Mexico Lottery games offered? If you're 18 or above, you can take a road trip to visit an authorized retailer in the state to pick up tickets.

How to Claim a Prize

Any New Mexico Lottery prize worth $600 or less can be redeemed by mail or by visiting an authorized lottery retailer. Prizes worth between $601 and $99,999 have to be claimed at the New Mexico Lottery headquarters in Albuquerque in person or by mail. If you're lucky enough to win over $100,000, then you'll need to make that claim in person.

All prizes must be claimed within 90 days, either from the date of the drawing (for games like Powerball) or the date of the announced date of closure (for Scratchers games).

Any prize worth more than $5,000 will be subject to a federal withholding tax of 24 percent and a state withholding tax of six percent.

Can winners stay anonymous? No - in NM the Lottery will release the winner's name, city, and prize amount won, if requested.


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