Mega Millions, Powerball Combined Jackpots Close In On $700M
Drawings on Christmas Day and Saturday are expected to be close to $340 to $350 million each, according to the New Hampshire Lottery.
Tony Schinella , Patch Staff
Posted Thu, Dec 24, 2020 at 4:02 p m ET
CONCORD, NH — The New Hampshire Lottery Commission’s two biggest games are reaching large jackpots just before Christmas.
The Christmas Day Mega Millions jackpot is expected to reach $352 million while Saturday’s Powerball jackpot should be close to $341 million. One-time cash payouts for both games will be in the $263 to $270 million range before taxes. Both payouts are estimates.
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“We know this is the season for giving but we are also hoping it is the season for winning — at least here in New Hampshire,” Charlie McIntyre, the executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery, said. “We have seen the anticipation building with our players and retailers over the past few weeks as the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots have continued to grow, now with almost $700 million combined up for grabs. We cannot think of a better way to celebrate the holiday season than with two lucky New Hampshire winners. There is still plenty of time to get your tickets for these two drawings.”
Both games have been growing in size since September with 28 different drawings without winners.
There are more than 1,400 retailers in New Hampshire or tickets can also be purchased online.
Mega Millions, Powerball Combined Jackpots Close In On $700M – Concord, NH – Drawings on Christmas Day and Saturday are expected to be close to $340 to $350 million each, according to the New Hampshire Lottery.
New Hampshire Lottery Numbers
All the latest New Hampshire Lottery numbers are right here on this page. Click on a quick link to find out more about the most recent winning numbers from all your favorite games!
Current lottery games include: Powerball – Mega Millions – Lucky for Life – Gimme 5
– Latest New Hampshire Numbers
Buying New Hampshire Lottery Tickets
Lottery fans outside of America are only able to take part in multi-state games Mega Millions and Powerball. Find out how to get involved here.
New Hampshire Lottery Drawing Schedule
As part of the tri-state lottery, New Hampshire drawings take place at the same time as those in Maine and Vermonth. Find out when ticket sales close for your favorite game to avoid missing out:
|Game||Draw Days||Draw Times*||Ticket Sales Close At*|
|Powerball||Wednesday & Saturday||10:59 PM||9:50 PM|
|Mega Millions||Tuesday & Friday||11:00 PM||9:50 PM|
|Lucky for Life||Monday & Thursday||10:38 PM||9:30 PM|
|Megabucks||Wednesday & Saturday||7:59 PM||7:50 PM|
|Gimme 5||Monday, Wednesday & Friday||6:55 PM||6:45 PM|
|Pick 4||Daily||1:10 PM & 6:55 PM||1:00 PM & 6:45 PM|
|Pick 3||Daily||1:10 PM & 6:55 PM||1:00 PM & 6:45 PM|
|*Times are shown in EST.|
New Hampshire residents take part in Powerball, Lucky for Life and Mega Millions. As part of the Tri-State Lottery, the New Hampshire Lottery also offers great games like Megabucks, Gimme 5 and Fast Play. Visit the Tri-State Lottery page to learn more about this unique and exciting lottery group.
Scratch games are popular among those who want to play a lottery game right then and there. Tickets cost between $1 and $25 and the prizes can be worth as much as $2 million! Pick up a scratch game from an authorized New Hampshire retailer.
Claiming New Hampshire Lottery Prizes
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, there have been some changes in the way you claim prizes in New Hampshire. You can find updates on our dedicated Coronavirus Lottery Updates page.
You’ll have a year from the date of the drawing or from the announced end of game date (for Scratch games) to claim any prize you may have won.
Prizes of all values can be claimed by mail. Prizes worth up to $599 can also be paid out by authorized New Hampshire Lottery retailers.
If you win more than $600, you have the option to visit the New Hampshire Lottery head office in Concord, and you’ll need to bring: 1) signed winning ticket, 2) completed claim form, 3) government-issued photo ID and 4) proof of Social Security Number. You will be given a receipt and your claim will be processed within within 48 hours. Look out for your prize check in the mail.
New Hampshire has no state tax on lottery prizes, but if you win more than $5,000 then a federal withholding tax of 25 percent will be levied on the money you win.
If you have questions, please call 603-271-3391 or email [email protected]
Claim a prize by mail
For prizes up to $599, fill out the back of your ticket and mail it to the address below.
For prizes of $600 and above, the following documents are required:
- Completed ticket
- Completed claim form
- Copy of government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license)
- Copy of document verifying SSN
New Hampshire Lottery
14 Integra Drive
Concord, NH 03301
Claims processing will take about a week.
History of the New Hampshire Lottery
You never get anywhere if you’re not persistent, and persistent is exactly what Representative Larry Pickett was. Over the course of 10 years, he proposed five separate bills that would establish a sweepstakes to raise money for education. Time after time, he was defeated – but he never gave up. In 1963, his efforts paid off when a bill establishing a sweepstakes was passed and eventually signed into law. Tickets went on sale on March 12th, 1964.
Powerball tickets went on sale in 1995 and the state joined Mega Millions in January 2010. Over $1.6 billion has been allocated to educational initiatives in New Hampshire since the lottery began all those years ago, and that number will only continue to grow.
New Hampshire Lottery players must be at least 18 years old.
Get the latest New Hampshire Lottery numbers, with prize breakdown and jackpot information for Mega Millions, Powerball, Pick 3 and Pick 4.