New Hampshire Sells Winning Powerball Ticket Worth $487 Million

Monday August 1st 2016

New Hampshire lottery officials were able to celebrate on Saturday night after discovering that one lucky ticket holder from the state had won an astonishing $487 million on Powerball. The jackpot had grown towards half a billion dollars having not being won since 7th May, but a single player managed to match all five main numbers plus the Powerball to snatch the top prize.

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The winning numbers were 11, 17, 21, 23 and 32 with Powerball 5, and it was quickly announced that the winner had come from New Hampshire. They will now have a year to come forward and collect the prize, and can decide whether to accept the full $487 million in annual payments over the next 30 years or receive the cash option of $330.6 million.

New Hampshire Lottery spokesperson, quoted by CBS Local, said: “Half-a-billion dollar Powerball winning ticket sold here, the only one in the United States, so we are thrilled.” McCann also had words of advice for the mystery winner, adding to WBZ: “The very first thing is definitely sign that ticket to show ownership and then probably seek some legal advice, seek some financial advice.”

McCann confirmed that it was ‘by far the highest amount’ ever won in New Hampshire, and urged the winner to come forward sooner rather than later so they can invest their money and make more. As the world waits to discover the identity of the winner, the media has already descended on the New Hampshire town of Raymond, where the lucky quick pick ticket was bought at the Hannaford Supermarket.

It was certainly a great drawing for New Hampshire players on Saturday 30th July, with one player from Littleton also matching five numbers to win $1 million. There were 14 players who pocketed $1 million across the USA, plus one ticket holder who added Power Play to win $2 million.

There are sure to be more big winners in the next Powerball drawing on Wednesday, when the top prize will be $40 million. Tickets can be bought from retailers in any of the participating states and jurisdictions, so it could be another memorable night for players from New Hampshire and elsewhere. Good  luck!

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