One lottery ticket from New Hampshire wins $559.7 million Powerball jackpot

One lottery ticket from New Hampshire wins $559.7 million Powerball jackpot

By Todd Northrop

One Powerball ticket holder in New Hampshire is the winner of the $559.7 million jackpot prize, the Eighth-largest in US lottery historical past.

The profitable numbers, drawn Saturday evening, had been 12, 29, 30, 33, and 61, with Powerball quantity 26. The Power Play quantity was once three.

The proprietor of the profitable ticket can make a selection the annuity choice by which 30 bills are revamped 29 years, with each and every annual fee expanding over the years. Most, then again, make a selection the money choice. In this example, take-home money could be $352 million.

The profitable ticket was once bought at Reeds Ferry Market, a small, unbiased comfort retailer positioned in Merrimack, New Hampshire, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Concord.

Since the shop opened at five:30 a.m. Sunday, dozens of excited regulars have stopped through to congratulate the landlord and chat in regards to the win, stated retailer proprietor Sam Safa. He stated he does not know the id of the winner, however hopes some of the regulars from the over 100-year-old retailer gained the country’s Eighth-largest lottery jackpot.

“I’m very excited and overwhelmed,” stated Safa. He stated that through promoting the ticket it felt like he himself had gained. The retailer will obtain a $75,00zero bonus for promoting the profitable ticket.

The ultimate jackpot quantity was once about $10 million not up to what the lotteries had been anticipating. On Friday, the Powerball jackpot estimate was once larger to $570 million, however as the general quantity of $559.7 illustrates, that was once handiest an estimation. It isn’t commonplace for the lotteries to overestimate the jackpot to this stage.

In addition to the New Hampshire jackpot winner, 7 fortunate gamers matched the primary five numbers for a $1,00zero,00zero prize: 1 from Connecticut, 2 from New Jersey, 1 from South Carolina, 2 from Texas, and 1 from Washington.

None of the second-prize tickets had been bought with the Power Play choice for an additional $1. If they had been, the prize would had been doubled to $2 million.

Power Play is to be had in all jurisdictions that promote Powerball except for California. By regulation, California awards all prizes on a pari-mutuel foundation, that means the prizes will alternate each and every drawing according to the selection of tickets bought and the selection of tickets that gained at each and every prize degree.

115 tickets matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and gained $50,00zero. Of the ones tickets, 15 had been bought with the Power Play choice, expanding the prize to $150,00zero, and 11 of the tickets had been bought in California, the place the prize was once price $25,801 this drawing.

In all, greater than four million tickets, together with the jackpot winner, gained prizes from Saturday’s drawing.

Last yr, a lady from Chicopee, Mass., gained the $758 million Powerball jackpot and gained a lump-sum fee of $480 million after opting for the money choice. In 2016, 3 winners from California, Florida and Tennessee break up a jackpot prize of just about $1.6 billion.

The sport began as Lotto America within the overdue 1980s and was once modified and renamed Powerball within the early 1990s. It’s one among two large jackpot video games performed in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The different one, Mega Millions, discovered a winner Friday. A unmarried Mega Millions ticket holder in Florida gained the $450 million jackpot prize, the fourth greatest within the multi-state lottery’s 15-year historical past. The profitable ticket was once bought at a 7-Eleven in Port Richey, a Gulf Coast the city northwest of Tampa.

The profitable Mega Millions numbers, drawn Friday evening, had been 28, 30, 39, 59, and 70, with Mega Ball quantity 10. Payments revamped 29 years, with each and every annual fee five % larger than the former one, might be made beneath the annuity choice. The one-time money fee would yield $281 million.

The odds of profitable jackpot prizes in each video games had been astronomical. For the Powerball jackpot, they had been 1 in 292 million. The odds of profitable the Mega Millions jackpot had been worse: 1 in 302.6 million, in line with multi-state lottery site USA Mega (www.usamega.com).

The prizes for each lotteries are go into reverse to $40 million, with drawings scheduled Tuesday for Mega Millions and Wednesday for Powerball.

Updated: January 7, 2018 — 9:00 pm

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