New Mexico Lotteries
Retailers receive a commission of 6% on their gross ticket sales and a 1% cashing commission on winning tickets sold. Retailers may earn a bonus of between $1,000 and $50,000 if they sell the winning ticket for RoadRunner, Hot Lotto, Mega Millions or Powerball top prizes. By law, the Lottery is required to return at least 50% of proceeds to players in the form of prizes. Winning tickets may be claimed for up to 90 days from the drawing date or the end date of a Scratcher game. After this time, they are considered unclaimed and are paid into the Lottery Prize Fund. These unclaimed prizes are used for instant and drawing game prizes and for second-chance drawings.
In 2005, New Mexico began a collaborative program between the often-separated lottery and casino gaming markets, introducing the first state Lottery scratch-off ticket that is sold and redeemable at a casino – the Santa Ana Star Casino.
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