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New Mexico Lottery rolls out new scratcher games

January 3, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Lottery is rolling out three new scratcher games for 2019.

The games announced Wednesday come as the lottery authority looks to boost ticket sales while pressure continues for more revenues to be funneled to the state’s lottery-funded scholarship program.

The games range from $1 to $5 and involve matching numbers or symbols.

The lottery has raised nearly $798 million for education since 1996, allowing more than 116,000 students to attend college on a lottery scholarship. But the gap between revenues and demand for the financial aid has widened over the years, even though enrollment has been sagging.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state lawmakers are expected to the take up the matter again when they meet for a 60-day session later this month.

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