Wednesday’s Powerball Jackpot to Climb to $750 Million; Fourth-largest jackpot on record


CONCORD, N.H. – Three quarters of a billion dollars will be up for grabs Wednesday night. The New Hampshire Lottery is projecting the Powerball jackpot will reach $750 million for Wednesday’s drawing, which would make it the fourth-largest lottery jackpot on record and the third-largest Powerball jackpot in history. The one-time cash payout is expected to be $465.5 million. (Estimated jackpot amounts are determined before taxes are withheld.)

The New Hampshire Lottery is also announcing a lucky player purchased a $1 million winning Powerball ticket at the Cumberland Farms on Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua for Saturday’s drawing. In addition, Michael Gallagher of Nashua claimed a $50,000 winning ticket for Saturday’s drawing. Gallagher purchased his winning ticket at the Hannaford Supermarket on Coliseum Avenue in Nashua.

“This three-quarters-of-a-billion-dollar Powerball jackpot is a life-changing amount of money. I would like nothing more than to award a New Hampshire player this incredible prize, which we are expecting to be the fourth-largest jackpot in lottery history,” said Charlie McIntyre, executive director, New Hampshire Lottery. “The anticipation in the air is palpable. Our retailers are reporting rising sales and our players are thrilled to have a chance to get in on the action. We are looking forward to meeting our $1 million Powerball winner, and we are hoping to have a $750 million winner come Wednesday night!”

Powerball drawing results from Saturday, March 23, were: 24-25-52-60-66 PB-5 with a Power Play of 3.

The largest Powerball jackpot on record was $1.586 billion in January 2016, which remains the world record lottery jackpot.

The top-10 largest lottery jackpots on record are:

  1. $1.586 billion – Powerball – January 2016
  2. $1.537 billion – Mega Millions – October 2018
  3. $758.7 million – Powerball – August 2017
  4. $750 million – Powerball – March 2019 (anticipated)
  5. $687.8 million – Powerball – October 2018
  6. $656 million – Mega Millions – March 2012
  7. $648 million – Mega Millions – December 2013
  8. $590.5 million – Powerball – May 2013
  9. $587.5 million – Powerball – November 2012
  10. $564.1 million – Powerball – February 2015

On December 26, 2018, a New York player claimed a $298.3 million Powerball prize. Since then, there have been 25 consecutive Powerball drawings without a winner.

The New Hampshire Lottery consistently reminds players of the importance of playing responsibly.

“We want to make sure our players can take part in the excitement and exhilaration of this rising Powerball jackpot, but we do urge them to do so responsibly,” McIntyre added. “We always remind players it only takes one ticket to win. We also suggest getting together with friends, family and co-workers to pool tickets—it makes the experience all the more fun when you have the chance to win together.”

Powerball jackpot winners have the choice between receiving their prize as an annuity, paid in 30 graduated payments over 29 years, or as a lump sum payment.

Powerball drawings are held Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59 PM ET.

Tickets are on sale at more than 1,400 retailers statewide, and online at iLottery. For more information and to play, visit

About New Hampshire Lottery
Since 1964, the New Hampshire Lottery has had a significant financial impact on the state. For the past 55 years, the New Hampshire Lottery has recorded more than $6.7 billion in lottery sales and other earnings, with over $4.5 billion paid in prizes and other cost of sales. Net proceeds to education total over $2 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℠, Tri-State Pick3®/Pick4® Daily Numbers games, Gimme 5, Fast Play games, Lucky For Life®, KENO 603℠ and iLottery.