August 03, 2010
'KISS' Scratcher Brings $50,000 in Good Fortune to Alamogordo Fan

ALBUQUERQUE - You could say Judith "Judy" Aguirre got a KISS for luck.

Aguirre, who lives in Alamogordo, New Mexico, won $50,000 playing the New Mexico Lottery's "KISS" Scratcher. "I love KISS and I love Gene Simmons," Aguirre told lottery officials in Albuquerque. "When I heard the game had come out, I just had to play."

Aguirre, a KISS fan since the 1980s and a loyal viewer of reality show "Gene Simmons Family Jewels," bought the ticket Tuesday morning. After winning $10 and $15 on "KISS" tickets played earlier in the month, Aguirre said she never expected her next ticket to reveal a five-figure sum.

"My heart started pounding and I had the biggest smile on my face," she said. "My heart's still pounding."

Now $50,000 richer, the winner plans to buy a new car and treat husband Michael to a vacation.

The New Mexico Lottery "KISS" Scratcher is the world's first lottery game to feature the legendary performers. In addition to cash prizes, the game offers a drawing to win trips to meet KISS in Phoenix for "The Hottest Show on Earth," the bandís biggest concert tour ever. Aguirre wants to win that prize as well.

Since 1996, the lottery has raised $442.7 million for education and more than 61,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships.

As of the Spring 2009 semester, 2,000 students from Otero County have received $8.4 million in Legislative Lottery Scholarships.

Information about scholarship eligibility is available at .