Trick or $1 Billion Treat? NH Lottery Projecting Tonight’s Halloween Powerball Jackpot Will Reach $1 Billion


Concord, NH – There is nothing spooky about it as the New Hampshire Lottery expects tonight’s Halloween Powerball jackpot to reach $1 billion, which would be just the fifth time a jackpot has reached $1 billion. The New Hampshire Lottery is projecting the one-time cash payout to be $497.3 million. The $1 billion jackpot would be the fifth-largest jackpot in history and the second-largest Powerball jackpot. (Estimated jackpot amounts are determined before taxes are withheld.) 

“The excitement in the air tonight isn’t just because of all the candy, but also because there is now $1 billion at stake! We could not be happier for our New Hampshire players who now have a chance to win the ultimate treat—one of the top-five lottery jackpots in history,” said Charlie McIntyre, Executive Director, New Hampshire Lottery. “With Powerball sales reaching almost $3 million last week alone, we anticipate continued brisk sales right up until the drawing tonight. Make sure you grab your ‘pick of the patch’ before tonight’s drawing!” 

NH iLottery sold a $50,000 winning Powerball ticket for the drawing on Saturday, October 29. 

Powerball drawing results from Saturday, October 29, were: 19-31-40-46-57 PB-23 with a Power Play of 3. 

Tonight’s Halloween drawing will be the 38th Powerball drawing since the jackpot was last won on August 3 in Pennsylvania, when a lucky player purchased a $206.9 million winning ticket. 

The Powerball jackpot reached $1.586 billion in January 2016, marking not only the largest Powerball jackpot on record but also the largest lottery jackpot in history. The jackpot was split between three winners in Florida, California and Tennessee. 

The top-10 jackpots in U.S. lottery history are:

  1.  $1.586 billion, Powerball, January 13, 2016
  2.  $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, October 23, 2018
  3.  $1.337 billion, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022
  4.  $1.05 billion, Mega Millions, January 22, 2021
  5.  $1 billion, Powerball, October 31, 2022 (anticipated)
  6.  $768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019
  7.  $758.7 million, Powerball, August 23, 2017
  8.  $731.1 million, Powerball, January 20, 2021
  9.  $699.8 million, Powerball, October 4, 2021
  10. $687.8 million, Powerball, October 27, 2018

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

Tickets are on sale at more than 1,200 retailers statewide, and online at NH iLottery. For more information and to play, visit 

About New Hampshire Lottery
Since 1964, the New Hampshire Lottery has contributed more than $2.45 billion and counting to education in New Hampshire. For the past 58 years, the New Hampshire Lottery has recorded more than $8.5 billion in lottery sales and other earnings, with over $5.7 billion paid in prizes and other cost of sales. 

The New Hampshire Lottery Commission, located at 14 Integra Drive in Concord, currently manages all lottery operations in the state, including scratch 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. The New Hampshire Lottery also regulates charitable gaming, including Bingo, Lucky 7, and Games of Chance, along with simulcast racing, fantasy sports, and sports wagering.