New Hampshire ticket sole victor in $559M Powerball jackpot

Postado Janeiro 12, 2018

At stake in Friday's 11 p.m. EST (0400 GMT Saturday) Mega Millions drawing is a $450 million prize, the fourth-largest in its history with a $281 million payout if the victor selects a lump-sum payment. "Do you mean $40 million wouldn't change your life?!'" Ms. Hargrove replied with a laugh, referring to the starting jackpot for both Powerball and Mega Millions.

Saturday's winning Powerball ticket is the second large lottery grand prize drawn in as many days.

Together they constituted the third-largest combined total. The store earns a $500 bonus for selling the ticket.

Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, and Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The largest Powerball jackpot was a $1.6-billion payout split among winners in California, Florida and Tennessee in January 2016, according to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. The largest Mega Millions jackpot of $656 million was won in 2012.

"We are looking forward to meeting New Hampshire's latest big victor - someone woke up a multimillionaire this morning!" said New Hampshire Lottery Executive Director Charlie McIntyre. No one won the Powerball jackpot that night and it continued to climb until Saturday when it was won on a single ticket purchased in New Hampshire.

The winning numbers to claim the Mega Millions jackpot were 28-30-39-59-70-10.

The estimated totals are before taxes are assessed.

The lucky ticket was bought in Florida, according to the Multi-State Lottery association.

Ahead of the drawing, the jackpot reached an estimated $450 million.

That would be the fifth-largest jackpot in that game's history.