New Hampshire Powerball Jackpot Catapults to $1.3 Billion; Lottery Billboards Pushed to the Max


Cash option expected to reach $806 million

CONCORD, N.H. – More than doubling since the drawing on January 6, the New Hampshire Powerball jackpot is projected to reach $1.3 billion for the drawing on Wednesday, Jan. 13. The record-setting jackpot, already the largest in U.S. Lottery history, continues to grow following Saturday night’s drawing, which boasted a $950 million jackpot. The Powerball jackpot has been increasing since November 4. The one-time cash payout is projected to increase to $806 million. (Estimated jackpot amounts are before taxes).
“I knew someday we would be lucky enough to see a $1 billion jackpot,” said Charlie McIntyre, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission. “Everywhere you go, people are talking about Powerball. The buzz is incredible at our New Hampshire retailers. We’re hoping a lucky New Hampshire player becomes the country’s first Powerball billionaire!”
While the $1.3 billion Powerball excitement is palpable throughout the state, McIntyre noted that jackpot has pushed the New Hampshire Lottery’s billboards and jackpot signs to the max. “We’ve never experienced a jackpot of this size and our signage wasn’t designed to exceed three digits. As you drive around the state our signage will say that the Powerball jackpot is $999 million, but rest assured, the true prize is $1.3 billion!”
Powerball has gone the last 19 drawings without a winner. Standing at $300 million for the drawing on December 30, 2015, the Powerball jackpot has more than tripled in just two weeks. Prior to Saturday’s drawing, the largest Powerball jackpot was $590 million, which was won in May 2013 in Florida.
The Powerball drawing results from January 9 were: 32-16-19-57-34 PB-13 with a Power Play of 3. 
While there were no jackpot winners in New Hampshire, five $50,000 prizes were won in Manchester, Nashua, Salem, Merrimack and Windham.
  1. Bunny’s Superette – Manchester
  2. Nashua Shell – Nashua
  3. Shaws Salem – Salem 
  4. 7-Eleven – Merrimack 
  5. Howie Glynn & Sons Convenience Store – Windham  
Powerball tickets are on sale at more than 1,250 retailers in New Hampshire until 9:50 p.m. Wednesday. Powerball tickets cost $2 per play. Drawings are held Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:00 PM.