New Hampshire Powerball Winner Claims Prize; Announces $100,000 Donation to Charity


CONCORD, N.H. – The winner of a $487 million New Hampshire Powerball ticket claimed the prize and will donate an initial $100,000 to a series of New Hampshire nonprofit organizations—matching the $100,000 donation by Hannaford Supermarkets last month. The winner, who has chosen to remain anonymous, claimed the $487 million prize through the Robin Egg 2016 Nominee Trust facilitated by the law firm of Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. The prize money was distributed to the winner’s account last week and William Shaheen of Shaheen & Gordon will serve as trustee. Shaheen made the donation announcement during a press conference today at New Hampshire Lottery Headquarters in Concord with nonprofit organizations in attendance.

While the family has opted to maintain its anonymity, they have indicated they are committed to supporting philanthropic causes in New Hampshire, and anticipate future contributions to New Hampshire nonprofits.

The winning Powerball ticket was sold at Hannaford Supermarket in Raymond for the July 30 drawing. This winning ticket marks the 10th winning Powerball ticket sold in New Hampshire and the first since 2007. The $487 million jackpot was the largest winning jackpot in New Hampshire Lottery history as well as the 5th largest jackpot in Powerball history.

The winner had two options, taking a lump-sum cash option of approximately $341.7 million or the option of an annuity payment over 30 years. The winner opted for the one-time cash option, which netted the winner $256.3 million, after federal taxes were withheld.

“This winning ticket has received an extraordinary amount of interest. While we certainly wish we could have met our Powerball winners in person, we appreciate and respect that they have chosen to try to live as normal a life as possible,” said Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission. “This is a life-altering amount of money and we are extremely happy to learn about the winners’ intention to make a major philanthropic impact with their winnings. This has been an incredibly exciting time for the New Hampshire Lottery and all of our players here in New Hampshire.”

Shaheen & Gordon read the following statement on behalf of the winner during a press conference today:

“We are proud to come forward and accept the Powerball prize on behalf of the Robin Egg 2016 Nominee Trust. As is evident from our involvement, the winners would like to preserve their anonymity. At this point in time, they are committed to using these funds for philanthropic causes and to make a positive impact on the lives of their family. They feel truly blessed to win this prize—but also realize a serious obligation and responsibility to give back with winning this amount of money. In order to accomplish this goal we kindly ask you to respect their privacy, as the task in front of them is monumental.

“We want to thank the New Hampshire Lottery Commission for its high degree of professionalism and dedication to the process. Its efforts to protect and honor privacy while at the same time advocating for the Lottery should truly make New Hampshire proud. We also want to thank Hannaford Supermarkets, who on August 30 held a press conference in Raymond, NH to announce it donated the money the store received from the New Hampshire Lottery for selling the July 30 Powerball jackpot winning ticket! The store received $75,000 from the New Hampshire Lottery for selling the ticket. Hannaford added another $25,000 for a total of $100,000.

“On Tuesday, August 30, 2016, Hannaford announced, along with the New Hampshire Lottery, the following breakdown of those dollars: End68 Hours of Hunger received $40,000; Raymond Coalition for Youth received $30,000; and $30,000 was divided among four Food Pantries in the Raymond area (SNHS Raymond Food Pantry - $11,000; Providence Baptist Church Food Pantry - $11,000; Deerfield Food Pantry -$5,000; and Raymond Baptist Church Food Pantry - $3,000.

“The generosity of Hannaford set the right tone. They have provided a wonderful example of sharing in good fortune. Likewise, our clients will begin this journey of giving by matching those charitable contributions.”

Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. has offices in Dover, Concord, Manchester, Meredith and Saco, Maine.

The Powerball drawing results from July 30 were: 11-17-21-23-32 PB-5 with a Power Play of 2.

In addition to the $487 million winning Powerball prize, Lisbon, N.H. resident Jeffrey Osborn won a $1 million Powerball prize from the July 30 drawing. Osborn bought his ticket at the Cumberland Farms at 278 Meadow Street in Littleton. During the same Powerball drawing, Rodney Stedman of Mason, N.H. won $50,000 from a ticket sold at Spitbrook Market, 108 Spitbrook Drive in Nashua. Also during the July 30 drawing, a $100,000 winning Powerball ticket (yet to be claimed) was sold at the Discount II Plus Deli, located at 1294 New Hampshire 16 in Albany.

Powerball tickets are on sale at more than 1,250 retailers in New Hampshire. Powerball tickets cost $2 per play. Drawings are held Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11 PM.

About New Hampshire Lottery
Since 1964, the New Hampshire Lottery has had a significant financial impact on the state. For the past 51 years, the New Hampshire Lottery has recorded almost $6.0 billion in lottery sales and other earnings, with over $3.8 billion being paid in prizes and other cost of sales. Net proceeds to education total more than $1.7 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®, New Hampshire Hot Lotto® Sizzler, Tri-State Megabucks℠ Plus, Tri-State Pick3®/Pick4® Daily Numbers games, Gimme 5, Fast Play games and Lucky For Life®.