CONCORD, NH – The Powerball jackpot for Saturday, March 8 will be worth an estimated $200 million. New Hampshire players have already hit a streak of luck with three winners from Wednesday night’s drawing, from $10,000 to $200,000.
No one has hit the Powerball Jackpot since January 16th, when a $97 million jackpot winning ticket was sold in Louisiana. While the top prize wasn’t won Wednesday night, almost 1,077,000 players across the country won more than $8.6 million in Powerball prizes. More than $300,000 of that was right here in New Hampshire.
Cumberland Farms in Boscawen sold a $200,000 ticket and both Gary’s Beverage in Portsmouth (and T-Bird Mini Mart in Keene each sold $10,000 tickets. This is not the first winning ticket for Gary’s Beverage; in February 2004 the store sold a $46.5 million jackpot winning ticket. The Bow Trust of Portland, Maine elected the cash option jackpot payment. Sasha Jones of Portsmouth has claimed the $10,000 prize from Wednesday.
“New Hampshire has been very lucky in the past with nine Powerball jackpot winners,” said Executive Director Rick Wisler. “We’re hoping that Saturday night’s lucky numbers produces the 10th jackpot winner from the Granite State.”
The numbers from Wednesday’s Powerball drawing were 10-15-16-23-31, with a Powerball of 5 and the Power Play 3.
The most recent NH Powerball jackpot winners were Dale Chellis and Toni Sergott of Lake Zurich, Illinois. The couple was visiting family in New Hampshire when they purchased their jackpot winning ticket at the New Hampshire State Liquor & Wine Outlet in Plymouth for the drawing on April 28, 2007. They elected to take the cash option jackpot payment of approximately $32 million before taxes.
Since 1964, the New Hampshire Lottery has had a significant financial impact on the state. For the past 43 years, the New Hampshire Lottery has recorded $3.6 billion in lottery sales, with $2.4 billion being paid in prizes and other cost of sales. Net proceeds to education to date total more than $1.1 billion.
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®, Tri-State Megabucks?, Tri-State Paycheck, Hot Lotto Sizzler?, and Tri-State Pick3/Pick4 Daily Numbers® games.