CONCORD, N.H. – The New Hampshire Lottery is projecting that dueling Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots will rise to a combined almost $700 million for drawings over the next two days. The Mega Millions jackpot for tomorrow night’s (12/29) drawing is expected to increase to $306 million, with a one-time cash payout of $191.1 million. The Powerball jackpot for Saturday’s drawing (12/30) is expected to reach $384 million with a one-time cash payout of $239.7 million. (Estimated jackpot amounts are before taxes).
“The excitement for our players and retailers really starts to amp up whenever we have a single jackpot that reaches the $300 million mark. But with dueling jackpots combining to reach more almost $700 million, the excitement is downright palpable,” said Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery. “Retailers are already reporting major sales increases. With the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots both exceeding $300 million, our players have two tremendous opportunities to ring in the New Year as New Hampshire’s newest multimillionaires.”
The Powerball drawing results from Wednesday, December 27, were: 3-9-16-56-60 PB-3 with a Power Play of 3.
The Mega Millions drawing results from Tuesday, December 26, were: 10-12-20-38-41 MB-25 with a Megaplier of 4.
The current Powerball jackpot has been on the rise since October 25, when a Louisiana player claimed a $191 million jackpot. The current Mega Millions jackpot has been increasing since players in Rhode Island and Michigan split the $43 million jackpot for the October 13 drawing.
The largest Powerball jackpot on record was a $1.586 billion jackpot in January 2016. New Hampshire has had 10 Powerball jackpot winners since Powerball launched in the Granite State 22 years ago, including a $487 million winner last year.
The largest Mega Millions jackpot in history was $656 million—three winners from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland shared that record prize in March 2012.
Powerball drawings are held Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:00 PM and tickets are on sale at more than 1,250 retailers in New Hampshire until 9:50 p.m. Saturday.
Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 PM and tickets are on sale until 9:50 PM on Friday.
About New Hampshire Lottery
Since 1964, the New Hampshire Lottery has had a significant financial impact on the state. For the past 53 years, the New Hampshire Lottery has recorded more than $6.3 billion in lottery sales and other earnings, with over $4.2 billion paid in prizes and other cost of sales. Net proceeds to education total nearly $1.9 billion to date.
The New Hampshire Lottery Commission, located at 14 Integra Drive in Concord, currently manages all lottery operations in the state, including instant games, New Hampshire Powerball®, New Hampshire Mega Millions®, Tri-State Megabucks℠ Plus, Tri-State Pick3®/Pick4® Daily Numbers games, Gimme 5, Fast Play games, Lucky For Life® and KENO 603.