Seacoast Residents Dream of $ 570 Million Powerball Jackpot
The people of Seacoast are dreaming big after Wednesday night’s Powerball cartoon jackpot hits an estimated $ 570 million – the eighth largest on record.
Local stores expected ticket sales to pick up in the early evening as players finished their work.
At Brookside Market and Deli in Exeter, Assistant Manager Bradley Harris braced for increased sales, but didn’t anticipate the queues.
Brookside was the lucky store that sold a $ 168 million Mega Millions ticket in 2019. It was the first New Hampshire Mega Millions jackpot winner.
âIt’s usually a nighttime affair. Everyone will come out of work and buy their tickets, âsaid Harris.
While the store might have sold a big winner a few years ago, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s luckier than the rest and will attract more players.
âLightning doesn’t strike twice, so they just keep moving,â Harris said.
According to lottery officials, a winner who chooses a one-time cash payment would get $ 401.1 million pre-tax.
âWe couldn’t be more thrilled for our players as this jackpot keeps getting bigger and better. Our retailers have reported an increase in Powerball sales as the jackpot has continued to rise in recent weeks, so get your tickets while there’s still time. Fingers crossed for our New Hampshire players, “said Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery, in a press release.
New Hampshire has been lucky in recent years.
The state’s biggest Powerball jackpot winner bought a ticket worth almost $ 560 million at the Reeds Ferry Market in Merrimack in 2018. It was the 10th biggest jackpot in history Powerball.
Two years earlier, a $ 487 million Powerball ticket had been sold at the Hannaford supermarket in Raymond.
Emil Ouellette from Candia knew the big winner from Hannaford several years ago, but he didn’t pick up a ticket while shopping on Wednesday afternoon because he left the ticket purchase to his wife .
When asked what he would do if they won, he replied, “Lots of things.”
The first purchase would be a house by the lake, he said.
âIf you get that much money, you can do whatever you want. There is no limit. But you hear these horror stories of people winning the lottery and a year later they’re broke, âsaid the 74-year-old army veteran whose biggest payout was $ 500 on a ticket. scratch years ago.
Robin Gray never played the lottery – never.
She won’t even try bingo.
âI never started. I grew up with my parents who always did and went bankrupt. Raising nine kids, I just thought it was stupid spending money like that, so I never bought one, âRaymond’s wife, 65, said.
But since most of his siblings play, Gray still has a chance to cash in if one of them hits the jackpot and shares the wealth.
Raymond Hannaford’s client Holly Nash from Northwood usually buys her tickets online and said she could get one if she remembers coming home.
If she wins, Nash said she would likely buy a new home and try to plan a big vacation.
âA giant family vacation. I always thought it would be good. I would also try to do for my mom as she has always done for me. Not that she would let me, but âshe said.