$2M Winning Powerball Ticket Sold In West Swanzey: NH Lottery
The $850 million Mega Millions drawing Tuesday is expected to be the 3rd highest lottery jackpot ever while Powerball is 6th at $730M.
Tony Schinella , Patch Staff
CONCORD, NH — A lucky New Hampshire lottery player is about $2 million richer after matching five of the Powerball numbers and taking the Power Play option on their numbers, which doubled the prize value, according to lottery officials.
The ticket was purchased at Gomarlos Market on West Swanzey Road in West Swanzey.
The odds of matching five numbers to win $1 million playing Powerball are 11.7 million to one. The state lottery also reported a $50,000 Powerball ticket sold at the Super Shell Food Mart on Harris Road in Nashua and a $10,000 Mega Millions ticket sold at the Circle K on Lafayette Road in Seabrook.
Because there have been no winners since September, the jackpots of both Mega Millions, which will be drawn on Tuesday, and Powerball, which will be drawn on Wednesday, are increasing — Mega Millions is at $850 million, the third-highest jackpot in history, and Powerball is at $730 million, the sixth-highest.
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But will there be another huge lottery jackpot winner in New Hampshire? Win or lose, Executive Director Charlie McIntyre said players were having a pretty good time right now.
“This is the first time in lottery history that both Powerball and Mega Millions are projected to have jackpots exceeding $700 million and our players and retailers are enjoying the ride,” he said. “Last week alone, our players purchased nearly $5 million in combined Powerball and Mega Millions tickets. We expect the sales momentum to continue right through the drawings on Tuesday and Wednesday. We wish all our players good luck.”
Tickets are on sale at more than 1,400 retailers statewide, and online at iLottery. For more info and to play, visit nhlottery.com.
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$2M Winning Powerball Ticket Sold In West Swanzey: NH Lottery – Concord, NH – The $850 million Mega Millions drawing Tuesday is expected to be the 3rd highest lottery jackpot ever while Powerball is 6th at $730M.
Call Her Jane Dough: New Hampshire Lottery Winner Can Stay Anonymous, Court Says
Cashiers in Merrimack, N.H., sell a lottery ticket at Reeds Ferry Market convenience store in January. A woman who bought the winning ticket there won the $559.7 million jackpot and now has won the right to remain anonymous. Steven Senne/AP hide caption
Cashiers in Merrimack, N.H., sell a lottery ticket at Reeds Ferry Market convenience store in January. A woman who bought the winning ticket there won the $559.7 million jackpot and now has won the right to remain anonymous.
A New Hampshire lottery winner can keep her cash and her anonymity, a judge has ruled.
The winner of a $560 million Powerball jackpot in January had signed her ticket with her name, as instructed by the state lottery website. That would make her name public.
She later realized that if she had signed it with the name of a trust instead, she could have kept her identity secret. But lottery officials said she couldn’t change her mind.
The winner went to court, saying in her complaint she had made “a huge mistake” and asking to keep her name out of the headlines.
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On Monday, the Hillsborough County Superior Court Southern District gave Jane Doe another win.
New Hampshire Public Radio reports that the ruling “could shift legal precedent in New Hampshire”:
“Currently, the front and back of winning lottery tickets are considered public documents and thus subject to the state’s Right to Know laws. The Lottery Commission argued in court last month this ensures transparency in the lottery system, and can’t be sidelined simply due to the size of the jackpot or reluctance of the winner.
“Lawyers for the winner, identified only as Jane Doe, argued that releasing the ticket — and therefore the winner’s name and address — would do little to ensure a clean lottery system, and would instead subject her to unwanted attention. .
“In his ruling Monday, Judge Charles Temple says that only the hometown of Ms. Doe can be released, citing her “strong privacy interest.”
“A lawyer with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office, which argued the case on behalf of the Lottery Commission, says it is still reviewing the decision and can’t yet comment on a possible appeal.”
Powerball Winner Collects Prize, Could Still Lose Anonymity
William Shaheen, one of the lottery winner’s attorneys, said the woman was delighted with the decision.
“She was jumping up and down,” Shaheen said in a statement. “She will be able to live her life normally.”
The lottery winner collected her prize last week, without yet knowing whether she would be allowed to keep her name confidential, as NPR reported at the time:
“The winner opted to take the prize in a lump sum of $264 million after taxes, rather than an annuity paid out over 30 years, the lottery said in a statement.
“Nearly $250,000 was immediately donated to local nonprofits, including $150,000 to Girls Inc. of New Hampshire and $33,000 to each of three New Hampshire chapters of End 68 Hours of Hunger.
“What little I can say is that she and her family have had a long-standing commitment to their community and are thrilled to be able to enhance their impact through targeted philanthropy for generations to come,” Shaheen said.
” ‘While we don’t know the winner’s identity, we do know that her heart is in the right place,’ Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery, said in a statement. ‘These substantial donations are an indication of her generosity and they will make a significant difference in the lives of many throughout our community.’ “
A judge in Hillsborough County has ruled that a woman who won a $560 million Powerball jackpot can collect her cash without revealing her name. Only her hometown will be revealed.