New Hampshire repeals taxes on lottery prizes
Lottery commission celebrates with Tax Repeal Tea Party
Starting Monday, New Hampshire residents no longer have to pay taxes on their lottery winnings.
The state imposed a 10 percent tax on gambling winnings over $600 in 2009, but the tax was repealed by the current Legislature under a bill going effect Monday.
Gov. John Lynch last week signed into law the bill repealing the tax, which officials said hurt the racetrack and battered lottery sales after the state enacted it two years ago ...
May 22, 2011, 10:52 pm - Lottery News forum
N.H. Lottery cancels proposed online game
The New Hampshire Lottery Commission announced Tuesday it is abandoning a proposed new online, interactive game and shifting its focus to the state's current games, especially instant scratch tickets.
Charles McIntyre, the lottery's executive director, said the commission will cancel efforts to launch PlayNowNH because the game would not be a strong revenue producer.
It was my belief that the game would have produced modest revenue, McIntyre said in a statement. In light of our other chal ...
Aug 17, 2010, 11:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket worth $12.5M sold in N.H.
The New Hampshire Lottery says someone bought a Tri-State Megabucks Plus lottery ticket worth $12.5 million.
The lottery agency says the jackpot is the biggest for a single ticket in the game's 25-year history. The jackpot hit $16.4 million in January 1992, but there were two winning tickets.
The winning ticket for Wednesday's drawing was sold at Top of the Hill in Dalton.
The winner has the choice of receiving the prize in annual installments over 30 years or taking a lump sum payment ...
Aug 6, 2010, 8:58 am - Lottery News forum
N.H. Lottery delays online game amid controversy
The state Lottery Commission has pulled back its planned July 1 launch of new games that add an Internet element to scratch ticket gambling.
In an announcement late yesterday, the commission said it will push back the soft launch of PlayNowNH.com, and use the time to educate state leaders about its new interactive game.
The commission ran into stiff headwinds among lawmakers last week when it posted advance notice on its website of the PlayNowNH suite of games. The Legislature rejected ex ...
Jun 29, 2010, 7:44 am - Lottery News forum
NH Lottery offering online gambling games
Gamblers will be able to buy lottery tickets in New Hampshire next week to play online a move seen by some as an expansion of the kind of gambling that state lawmakers oppose.
PlayNowNH interactive games go on sale July 1.
In them, players choose the game baseball, super slots, speed bingo or New Hampshire poker and the amount they want to play.
For example, players can buy chances for the $1 baseball game on one ticket or a separate ticket with chances for the $5 poker game. They can b ...
Jun 25, 2010, 7:30 am - Lottery News forum
States go all in, expand gaming to plug the budget
Faced with a drop in gambling revenue, states are adding games, considering new casinos and increasing lottery options anything to keep their cut of the profits rolling in.
States are adamant that they don't want to take advantage of anyone, but with budgets in free-fall and tax increases a losing hand politically, lawmakers acknowledge they are dependent on gambling dollars.
At least 18 states this year are looking to expand games of chance because of a drop-off of anywhere from 5 to 14 p ...
Mar 15, 2010, 9:24 pm - Lottery News forum
N.H. Lottery will sell Mega Millions
The New Hampshire Lottery Commission has approved the sale of Mega Millions tickets. The panel on Wednesday unanimously voted to add the multi-state lottery game.
Lottery officials say in the past states could sell Powerball or Mega Millions but not both. Now states are left to decide whether to sell them both.
Officials hope to have the new game available in New Hampshire by the end of January.
The largest Mega Million jackpot was $370 million in March 2007.
Nov 22, 2009, 8:05 am - Lottery News forum
Longtime Director of N.H. Lottery to retire
Will oversee addition of Mega Millions game before moving on
The longtime head of the New Hampshire state lottery is retiring after more than three decades with the agency.
Executive Director Rick Wisler, 52, denied he is being forced out but said he has decided to pursue a second career after 34 years in state government.
Wisler has run the lottery since 1994.
He began working part time at the agency right out of high school.
We have accomplished a great deal. It's a good time f ...
Nov 11, 2009, 4:09 pm - Lottery News forum
N.H. man wins lottery jackpot twice in four years
Bob Jaracz always considered himself a lucky guy.
The Navy war veteran survived a jet fighter crash in Korea, was a POW who escaped his captors, and made it home to the U.S. to marry his true love and raise three boys.
Now Bob and Diane Jaracz should consider themselves really lucky. The Nashua couple are the first New Hampshire residents to win a lottery grand prize twice.
Whenever I cash my tickets, they say, 'Here comes Mister Lucky,' says Jaracz. He and his wife won Tri-State Megab ...
Nov 8, 2009, 9:42 am - Lottery News forum
N.H. man turns lottery losses into 1,500 wins
He might be the New Hampshire Lottery's winningest loser.
William Rudd, a 64-year-old retiree from Salem, has collected more than 1,500 prizes including food, gift certificates and other goodies under the state lottery's Replay program, which gives losing lottery tickets a second chance to win.
Rudd, who retired five years ago from his job in a warehouse, says his friends and family now know him as the lottery guy, because he spends so much time collecting losing tickets and entering the i ...
Oct 24, 2009, 9:57 pm - Lottery News forum