Neil Cochran, a resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, recently made headlines by winning a substantial jackpot from the popular Lotto America game. On November 4, 2023, Cochran became the first player from the New Mexico Lottery to win a jackpot in this game, securing a grand prize of $3.52 million.
The winning moment came when Cochran correctly guessed all five white balls with numbers 8, 11, 23, 47, 48, and the Star Ball number 4. He bought the winning ticket at Speedway #9093, located at 6570 Paradise Blvd NW in Albuquerque. As the sole winner of the jackpot for the November 4 draw, Cochran claimed the entire grand prize.
Upon realizing he had won the jackpot, Cochran shared the news with his mother. Initially skeptical and thinking it was a prank by him and his girlfriend, she was soon convinced when presented with the proof – her son holding an oversized check for the $3.52 million jackpot.
Cochran’s win was no stroke of luck from a random number generator. Instead, he had chosen the numbers himself. His decision to play Lotto America was influenced by a conversation with a Speedway store employee, who suggested participating in the lottery. Cochran was convinced by the game’s favorable odds compared to Mega Millions and Powerball, and the affordable $1 ticket price.
In a confident move, he used the same self-chosen numbers for his Lotto America ticket as well as for the Mega Millions and Powerball games he also played.
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