By Todd Northrop
Folks in New Hampshire are eager to learn who among them holds the winning ticket to a $487 million Powerball jackpot.
The New Hampshire Lottery has announced that the winning ticket was sold at the Hannaford Supermarket on Freetown Road in Raymond, a southern New Hampshire town of about 10,000.
According to officials, this marks the 10th winning Powerball ticket sold in New Hampshire and the first since 2007. By far, it is the largest jackpot-winning ticket ever sold in the state.
"As the first lottery in the nation, the New Hampshire Lottery has a long tradition of creating winners," said Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission. "We even like to say that New Hampshire invented lucky. That statement could not be more accurate as we are thrilled that the fifth largest Powerball jackpot was sold right here in New Hampshire. Some lucky New Hampshire Lottery player is waking up a winner this morning."
The winning numbers were 11, 17, 21, 23, and 32, with Powerball number 5. The Power Play number was 2.
Saturday's drawing was the eighth-largest US lottery jackpot ever. It was initially estimated to be $478 million, but after all proceeds were counted just before draw time, the final tally brought the jackpot to $487 million.
The lump sum option is worth $336.8 million, the eighth-largest US lottery jackpot cash value in history.
In addition to the New Hampshire jackpot winner, last night 15 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $1,000,000 prize: 3 from California, 1 from Florida, 3 from Georgia, 1 from Nebraska, 1 from New Hampshire, 2 from Pennsylvania, 1 from South Carolina, 1 from Tennessee, 1 from Washington, and 1 from West Virginia.
The California second-prize winners each will be awarded $785,065 because California does not award fixed prizes. By law, California awards all prizes on a pari-mutuel basis, meaning the prizes will change each drawing based on the number of tickets sold and the number of tickets that won at each prize level.
Out of the 15 second-prize tickets, only one of the tickets from Pennsylvania was purchased with the Power Play option for an extra $1 per play, doubling their prize to $2 million.
Power Play is not available in California, because the fixed nature of the prize increase offered in Power Play is not compatible with California's pari-mutuel payouts.
141 tickets matched four white numbers plus the Powerball and won $50,000. Of those tickets, 20 were purchased with the Power Play option, increasing the prize to $100,000, and 19 of the tickets were sold in California, where the prize was worth $9,028 this drawing.
Powerball is played in 44 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Powerball jackpot resets to $40,000,000 for the next drawing to be held Wednesday, August 3.