Half-Billion Dollar NH Lottery Winner Still a Mystery
Photo caption: Reeds Ferry Market in Merrimack will receive $75,000 for selling the winning ticket.
MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — Lottery officials say no one has come forward yet to claim the lone Powerball ticket sold in New Hampshire that matched all six numbers for a $559.7 million jackpot.
The winning Powerball numbers drawn Saturday night were 12-29-30-33-61 and Powerball 26.
New Hampshire Lottery spokeswoman Maura McCann said no one had come forward as of Monday morning.
The winning ticket was sold at the Reeds Ferry Market in Merrimack. The store will receive a $75,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
It's the eighth-largest lottery jackpot. The winner has two options: Take the annuity payment over 30 years or a lump sum of approximately $358.5 million. Both of these prizes are estimated before taxes.
Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery, encourages the winner to follow these steps:
- Sign the ticket—the New Hampshire Lottery only pays the person who signs the back of the ticket.
- Talk to a lawyer—an attorney can provide strategic guidance.
- Meet with a financial professional—someone experienced working with large sums of money.
- Plan first; then claim your prize. There is no need to rush—the winner has a full year to claim the prize. Think about what you want to do with the money.
On Friday, a single ticket sold in Florida nabbed a $450 million Mega Millions grand prize. The ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven convenience store in port Richey, but the winner remains a mystery.
NH1 News contributed to this report.