Grand prize is the fifth largest jackpot ever!
New Hampshire Lottery players now have more than 310 million reasons to get into the game, as the Powerball jackpot for Saturday night’s drawing is worth an estimated $310 million with a one-time cash payout option of $193.4 million. The jackpot is the Powerball's fifth biggest ever, and the twelfth biggest for any U.S. lottery.
"It’s incredible to watch the jackpot roll over and accumulate to such a large amount,” said Charlie McIntyre, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Lottery. “This is the jackpot range where we start to see a lot of excitement – people who don’t usual play the lottery want to get in on the game. They talk about it with coworkers and dream of an early retirement.”
Powerball's biggest annuity ever, $365 million, was won in February 2006 followed by $340 million in October 2005, $314.9 million in December 2002 and $314.3 million in August 2007. If won, the new estimated lump-sum payout of $193.4 will be the second highest cash payout ever!
Saturday night’s Powerball jackpot is the accumulation of 14 consecutive drawings without a top prize winner. The jackpot was last won on December 24 in Maryland.
“New Hampshire has been very lucky with nine past Powerball jackpot winners,” McIntyre added. “We’re hoping that Saturday night’s lucky numbers produce the tenth grand prize winner from the Granite State.”
Powerball is drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11 p.m., is offered at more than 1,250 lottery locations statewide. Tickets are on sale until 9:50 p.m. on Saturday night.