Q: How can I find the New Hampshire Lottery® winning numbers?
A: There are many convenient ways to check for winning numbers; your favorite retailer, local newscast, daily newspaper, favorite radio station, Winning Numbers Hotline at (603) 271-3391, then press “1” or on the Winning Numbers page
on this site.
Q: I won $500,000 on a scratch ticket and I’m heading to Lottery headquarters to claim my prize. Will I be paid that day?
A: Non-jackpot prizes of $250,000 and higher may take up to three business days to process. To expedite payment, the Lottery suggests payment by wire transfer to a bank or brokerage account in the winner’s name. A winner electing the wire transfer method of payment must provide the lottery with a voided check or wire transfer instructions to an appropriate account. Wire transfer payments can be received within one to two business days.
Q: Who can play the New Hampshire Lottery®?
A: Anyone 18 years or older may purchase New Hampshire Lottery®
tickets from authorized Lottery retailers in accordance with New Hampshire Lottery®
rules and regulations. Tickets, transactions and payment of prizes are subject to state law, rules and regulations of the New Hampshire Lottery®
/MUSL and tickets are only offered for sale in accordance with the same. Applicable rules are available upon request from the New Hampshire Lottery®
. The placing of play(s) is done at the player's own risk through the Retailer, who is acting on behalf of the player in entering play(s).
Q: Where does the income from the sale of Lottery tickets go?
A: Around 26 cents of each dollar is transferred to the state in the form of aid to education, approximately 62 cents of each dollar is paid out in prizes, while 9 cents is for cost of sales and 3 cents is for operating expenses. All Lottery profits are designated, by the state constitution, to benefit public education.
Q: Can New Hampshire Lottery® tickets be purchased online over the internet?
A: No, at this time, Lottery tickets cannot be purchased online over the internet; however, subscriptions can be purchased online here
Q: What happens if I lose my ticket?
A: A ticket is a bearer instrument. Whoever “bears” (holds) the ticket is considered the owner unless the back of the ticket has been signed. If you lose an unsigned winning ticket, whoever finds it can legally claim the prize. The New Hampshire Lottery®
/MUSL, retailers or contractors shall not be responsible for lost or stolen tickets. The New Hampshire Lottery®
/MUSL, and the contractors shall not be responsible for tickets redeemed by retailer in error.
Q: How long do I have to claim a prize?
A: Unclaimed prizes for Scratch games expire one year after the game is closed, and online games (such as Powerball and Lucky For Life) expire one year from the draw date.
Q: If I win, how much of my prize will be taken out in taxes?
A: The Lottery Commission is required to report any winnings over $599 to the Internal Revenue Service using a W2-G document; this will be sent to you at the end of the year. There is a federal tax withholding of 25% for any winnings over $5,000. The top federal graduated tax rate is 35%. Lottery winners may be at a tax rate other than the 25% withholding rate. Non-residents of the United States will have a 30% tax withholding for any winnings over $599.
Q: Can a group of people share a Lottery prize?
A: Yes, each prize winner should sign the back of the ticket, and complete individual claim and tax forms.
Q: If I win the jackpot, can I collect my winnings without letting anyone know I won?
A: New Hampshire state law requires the winner's name, town and amount won be available for public information in accordance with RSA 91-A. A winner's street address and phone number is not considered public information.
Q: If the winner of a jackpot paid over 25 years should pass away before claiming all payments, does the state keep the remaining money?
A: No, the annual payments are continued to the estate of the winner, up to and including the final payment.
Q: For jackpots paid over 25 years, does the state keep the interest earned on the jackpot over that period of time?
A: No, the jackpot is based on all of the cash available in the jackpot prize pool, and interest earned on the cash over 25 years. For example, a 2 million dollar jackpot is worth approximately 1 million in cash, and 1 million in interest. If a jackpot winner chooses the yearly payments, he or she will be receiving payments that include cash and interest.
Q: Does the Lottery place winning Scratch tickets in certain parts of the state?
A: No, winning tickets are randomly placed by the computer into the packs of scratch tickets during the manufacturing process. The Lottery randomly distributes the packs around the state. Because of this system, players in one part of the state have as much chance of buying winning scratch tickets as those in any other part of the state.
Q: What are the odds of winning something in the Scratch games?
A: The odds are quite good; approximately 1 in every 4.2 tickets is a winner.
Q. Are there any special handling instructions for terminal-produced tickets?
A. Terminal-produced ticket(s) are heat sensitive. Do not expose to prolonged periods of excessive heat or light.
Q: How many new Scratch games are sold each year?
A: The New Hampshire Lottery®
puts on sale approximately 45-50 different games per year.