Powerball Fever: Jackpot leaps to $800M – largest jackpot in U.S. Lotto history

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CONCORD, NH – Again, without a winner in Wednesday’s drawing, the New Hampshire Powerball jackpot is expected to reach an all-time record high of $800 million for the drawing on Saturday, January 9. This would be the largest jackpot in U.S. Lottery history, beating out a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot in March 2012. The one-time cash payout is projected to increase to $496 million. (Estimated jackpot amounts are before taxes).

Screenshot 2016-01-08 at 12.19.28 PMThe jackpot, initially reported as exceeding $700M as of Jan. 7, has increased as of Friday morning to $800 million, according to a lottery spokesman.

“It is extraordinary to think of this record-breaking $800 million Powerball jackpot,” said Charlie McIntyre, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission. “Excitement among players and retailers is at an absolute fever pitch right now. With the Powerball jackpot at an all-time high, the time is now for a big New Hampshire winner. It just takes one ticket to win, but you need to play to win!”

⇒New Hampshire’s Top 10 locations for Powerball sales (and wins):

Bunny’s Superette                               Manchester

Hannaford (John Devine Drive)      Manchester

Hannaford (Coliseum Avenue)         Nashua

Market Basket (Amherst Street)      Nashua

Hannaford (Hanover Street)            Manchester

Circle K                                                  West Lebanon

Hannaford (Colby Court)                  Bedford

Hannaford (North Main)                  Rochester

Bright Spot                                          Nashua

Click the graphic to learn more about how NH Lotto money goes.
Click the graphic to learn more about how NH Lotto money goes.

Powerball has had 18 drawings since November 4, 2015, with no jackpot winners. The Powerball jackpot has more than doubled since the jackpot stood at $300 million for the drawing on December 28. Previously, the largest Powerball jackpot was $590 million, which was won in May 2013 in Florida.

The Powerball drawing results from January 6 were: 2-11-47-62-63 PB-17 with a Power Play of 3.

Powerball is not the only New Hampshire Lottery game stirring up some excitement. The New Hampshire Lottery is announcing that it sold multiple winning tickets during other drawings across the state last night, including:

  • $100,000 Tri-State Gimme 5 ticket was sold at Roberts Market in Franklin.
  • $50,000 Powerball winning ticket was sold at Xtra Mart in Milford.
  • $21,182 Granite State Fast Play jackpot winning ticket was sold at North End Market in Lancaster.

Powerball tickets are on sale at more than 1,250 retailers in New Hampshire until 9:50 p.m. Saturday. Powerball tickets cost $2 per play. Drawings are held Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:00 p.m.

About New Hampshire Lottery
Since 1964, the New Hampshire Lottery has had a significant financial impact on the state. For the past 51 years, the New Hampshire Lottery has recorded almost $6.0 billion in lottery sales and other earnings, with over $3.8 billion being paid in prizes and other cost of sales. Net proceeds to education total more than $1.7 billion to date.

The New Hampshire Lottery Commission, located at 14 Integra Drive in Concord, currently manages all lottery operations in the state, including instant games, New Hampshire Powerball®, New Hampshire Mega Millions®, New Hampshire Hot Lotto® Sizzler, Tri-State Megabucks℠ Plus, Tri-State Pick3®/Pick4® Daily Numbers games, Gimme 5, Fast Play games and Lucky For Life®.


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Carol Robidoux

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Longtime NH journalist and publisher of ManchesterInkLink.com. Loves R&B, German beer, and the Queen City!