"The NH Lottery – the USA Lottery Co. from State of New Hampshire"
The NH State Lottery has the honor of being the very first of the State Lotteries to be created in the United States of America.
The New Hampshire Lottery was formed back in 1964 after a bill was passed following a ballot which saw a huge 84% majority of voters in the State of New Hampshire say “Yes” to the authorization of their own State Lottery. It was known as the New Hampshire Sweepstakes.
The New Hampshire State Lottery is operated by the government of New Hampshire who oversee the running and organization of all NH Lottery games. Some of these are Tri State Lottery games run along with 2 other New England States – Maine and Vermont.
Right from when the very first NH Lotto ticket was sold back on March 12th 1964 – the aim of the NH Lottery has been to benefit the people of New Hampshire by raising money for education at the same time as providing exciting lottery games that offer affordable entertainment and value to NHLottery players.
This is still the case today with NH State Lottery funds being designated by the State Constitution of New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire Lottery Commission is based in Concord, NH.
The NH State Lottery sells lottery tickets from its network of 1,200 authorized NH Lottery retailers throughout the state and has its Headquarters at 14 Integra Drive, Concord, NH 03301.
The NH Lottery also takes part in 2 of the biggest lottery games in the world – Multi-State USA Lottery games Mega Millions and Powerball – plus the slightly smaller but highly popular Multi State Lottery games of Hot Lotto and the Tri State Megabucks PLUS – all of which we will be looking into in much greater depth here.
We will be looking at the various NH Lotto games below – how these games work and who can play them – as well as delving into some history of the New Hampshire State Lottery in detail.
There are numerous lottery games that are offered by the New Hampshire State Lottery including two of the largest world lotteries – the Mega Millions and Powerball plus the other Multi-State US Lotteries – the Hot Lotto and the Tri State Megabucks PLUS.
We will first of all take a look at these Multi-State USA Lottery games – that the NH Lottery offers in conjunction with the MUSL – Multi State Lottery Association, the Mega Millions Consortium and the Tri-State Lottery Consortium – and later move on to the other NHLottery games that are available to players.
The games currently offered by the NH Lottery that it is possible for players anywhere in the world to buy lottery tickets online for are the two huge US Lotteries – the Mega Millions and the Powerball – plus the Hot Lotto and Tri-State Megabucks PLUS.
Other games offered by the NH State Lottery that you can play in-state are noted further down the page – if any of these NH Lotto games also become available to a wider audience at some point in the future – we will be writing about it here.
Powerball is a Multi-State USA Lottery that is run & syndicated across the USA by the MUSL – Multi State Lottery Association – and is one of the largest lottery games in the world having produced a record jackpot of an incredible US$ 1.58 BILLION. This massive sum is the biggest lottery jackpot ever won to date in the entire history of world lottery games.
The very first Powerball draw took place on April 22nd 1992 with 16 USA Lottery companies – who were all members of the MUSL – taking part after the game changed its format and name from Lotto America which had first started on February 13th 1988.
The New Hampshire Lottery is 1 of 47 US State Lotteries & District Lotteries that offer the Powerball game – in this case the NH Powerball – as part of its overall portfolio of lottery games.
The NH Powerball was first sold on November 5th 1995 when the NH Lottery became the 22nd member to join the MUSL – Multi State Lottery Association – who run & syndicate the game right across the United States of America.
The New Hampshire Powerball Lottery works in the same way as the Powerball game works in all the States and Districts in the US that offer the game.
Jackpots start off at US$ 40 MILLION and ROLLOVER after each draw when the top prize is not won – making for some massive jackpot figures.
6 numbers are drawn in total for the Powerball NH game from 2 separate drawing machines – first of all 5 numbers from 69 white balls are drawn followed by 1 number (the POWERball) from 26 red balls.
Draws for the New Hampshire Powerball take place twice every week on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10.59pm EST.
In addition to the 6 main Powerball numbers drawn – a further number is drawn – using a Random Number Generator…the Powerball POWERPLAY number…
This separate Powerball POWERPLAY number drawn will be either 2, 3, 4, 5 and occasionally number 10 – and is there to give players of the NH Powerball a chance to increase their winnings on all levels of the prize structure apart from the NH Powerball jackpot itself.
With Powerball POWER PLAY – you will multiply your winnings on these levels by 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x – greatly increasing the amount you can walk away with.
During special promotions – the Powerball POWER PLAY multiplier will be 10x – allowing New Hampshire Lottery players to increase their NH Powerball winnings by an incredible 10 times!
So, for just an extra dollar – you can choose to increase your Powerball New Hampshire winnings on all levels except the jackpot – by adding the Power Ball POWER PLAY option when you are playing.
With the New Hampshire Powerball being drawn every week on both Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10.59pm EST there are various ways you can check the Powerball winning numbers.
You can find the latest NH Powerball Results at all New Hampshire State Lottery retailers, from NH Lottery terminals, various newspapers across the State and here online at Global Lottery Review where you can also check up on any of the previous New Hampshire Powerball Results.
The NH Powerball results and Powerball winning numbers are also published on the official Lottery NH website – nhlottery.com – and will be broadcast on the following television channels throughout the State of New Hampshire…
WZMY – Channel 9 – in Derry at 10.59pm EST
WMUR – Channel 9 – at approximately 11.15pm EST.
There are 9 separate ways that you can win on this NH State Lottery game providing a great chance to win something on the NH Lottery Powerball.
Odds range from 1 in 292,201,338 for correctly matching all the New Hampshire Powerball winning numbers right down to 1 in 38.32 for matching just 1 number correctly.
The overall odds of you winning any prize on the Powerball NH are just 1 in 24.87.
See the Powerball Odds and Prizes calculation table on the separate New Hampshire Powerball page for a complete list of odds and prizes for this game.
Mega Millions is a Multi-State USA Lottery that is run and operated by the Mega Millions Consortium – who administer and syndicate the game across the USA and is one of the largest lottery games in the world – having produced a massive world record jackpot of an incredible US$ 656 MILLION on March 30th 2012. This amazing jackpot was shared equally between 3 Mega Millions winning tickets from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland and ranks as the world's 2nd biggest ever lottery win.
The very first Mega Millions draw took place on May 17th 2002 with 6 USA Lottery companies taking part who were all members of the Mega Millions Consortium.
The game had changed its name and format from the Big Game which had started on August 31st 1996. Upon this change – 2 further State Lotteries joined and many more were to follow.
The NH Lottery is 1 of 46 US State Lotteries & District Lotteries that offer the huge and highly popular Mega Millions game – in this case known as the NH Mega Millions – as part of its overall portfolio of lottery games.
Lottery tickets for the New Hampshire Mega Millions were first sold back on January 31st 2010 after the Multi State Lottery Association (MUSL) who run the Powerball game – of which the NHLottery was already a member – had entered into a unique cross-selling agreement with the Mega Millions consortium – allowing the cross-sales of Mega Millions tickets in Powerball States and Powerball tickets in Mega Millions States.
The New Hampshire Mega Millions works in exactly the same way as the Mega Millions game works in all the other 45 States and Districts across the USA that offer the game.
Jackpots start off at US$ 40 MILLION and ROLLOVER after each draw when the top prize is not won – making for some enormous jackpot figures that can be won on the NH Mega Millions.
6 numbers are drawn in total for the NH Mega Millions – from 2 separate drawing machines – firstly 5 numbers from 70 white balls are drawn and then 1 number (the MEGAball) from 25 gold balls.
Draws for the New Hampshire Mega Millions take place twice every week on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11.00pm EST.
In addition to the 6 Mega Millions numbers drawn – a further number is drawn – using a Random Number Generator…the MEGAPLIER number…
This separate MEGAPLIER multiplier number drawn will be either 2, 3, 4 or 5 – and is there to give players of the New Hampshire Mega Millions a chance to increase their winnings on all levels of the prize structure apart from the Mega Millions jackpot itself.
With Mega Millions MEGAPLIER – you multiply your winnings on these levels by 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x – greatly increasing the amount you can walk away with.
If you match the 5 main Mega Millions numbers playing with the MEGAPLIER add-on – and a MEGAPLIER number of 5 is drawn – the second tier prize of US$ 1 MILLION would be multiplied by x5 and you could win US$ 5 MILLION.
A great improvement to the MEGAPLIER facility occurred on October 19th 2013.
So, for just an extra dollar – you can choose to increase your NH Mega Millions winnings on all levels except the jackpot – by adding the Mega Millions MEGAPLIER option when playing.
With the New Hampshire Mega Millions being drawn every week on both Tuesdays and Fridays at 11.00pm EST there are numerous ways you can check the Mega Millions winning numbers.
You can find the very latest NH Mega Millions Results from any NH State Lottery retailer, from all NH Lottery terminals, select newspapers and here online at Global Lottery Review where you can also see previous New Hampshire Mega Millions Results.
The NH Lottery Mega Millions results and Mega Millions winning numbers will also be shown on nhlottery.com – the official Lottery NH website and are broadcast on the following TV Channel throughout the State of New Hampshire…
WZMY – Channel 9 – in Derry at 11.00pm EST
There are 9 separate ways that you can win on this NH State Lottery game providing you with a great chance to win something on the NH Mega Millions.
Odds range from 1 in 302,575,350 for correctly matching all the New Hampshire Mega Millions winning numbers down to 1 in 37 for matching just 1 number correctly.
Overall odds of winning any prize on the NH Mega Millions are just 1 in 24.
See the Mega Millions Odds and Prizes calculation table on the separate NH Mega Millions lottery page for a complete list of odds and prizes.
In addition to the highly popular NH Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto and Tri State Megabucks PLUS games which can be played from anywhere in the world – the NH Lottery also offers various other lotto games which can be played just within New Hampshire State itself like – Pick 3, Pick 4, Weekly Grand plus numerous NHLottery Instant Games.
If any of these other NH Lotto games become available to a wider audience outside of New Hampshire at a later date we will write about it here.
In the past – you would have had to buy your lottery ticket in the state of New Hampshire itself to take part in any of the New Hampshire State Lottery games – including the NH Powerball and NH Mega Millions.
These days however – you can play the Mega Millions Online and the Powerball Online plus the Hot Lotto Online from absolutely anywhere in the world due to the presence of accredited and fully authorized online lottery ticket sales companies such as TheLotter.com – allowing you to play wherever you’re based.
So if you live outside of New Hampshire or the USA but wish to play the Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto or the Tri State Megabucks PLUS this is simple to do using the best lottery ticket sales companies where you can easily buy lottery tickets online – and save yourself a fair amount of time in the process.
The NH Lottery requires that all players are at least 18 years of age before purchasing any New Hampshire Lotto tickets including tickets for the NH Mega Millions and NH Powerball.
If you have won either an NH Powerball, NH Mega Millions or an NH Megabucks jackpot – you will have the choice to claim your prize as either a cash lump sum or as an annuity payment which will be paid over a period of 29 years in 30 installments.
You will need to make this important choice of whether you want the cash or annuity within 60 days of making your prize claim. All NH Hot Lotto jackpot prizes will be paid as a cash lump sum.
For all NH Lottery prizes you will have 366 days from either the date of the draw or the date of the close of game – to make your claim before your NHLottery ticket will expire.
If you’ve had a win of up to US$ 599.99 – you will be able to claim your winnings at most NH Lottery retailers or by mail.
If your NH Lottery win is US$ 600 or more – you can claim your prize at the NH Lottery headquarters in Concord or by mail using a completed claim form.
These details are all taken care for you if you play lottery online with one of the trusted and genuine online lottery ticket sale companies such as TheLotter as it is their job to make your transaction a seamless process – collecting your winnings and sending them directly to you.
April 30th sees Governor John King sign the Sweepstakes Bill which would see the creation of the New Hampshire State Lottery. The Sweepstakes Bill had already been proposed 5 times before since 1953 by State Representative Larry Pickett from Keene who saw the creation of a New Hampshire Lottery as a sustainable method of realizing funding for education within the State.
On August 1st – the first New Hampshire Sweepstakes Commission was sworn into office.
New Hampshire’s Towns and Cities voted by special ballot on March 10th – on whether or not the sale of Sweepstake Tickets should be legalized throughout New Hampshire. 84% of the different communities voted an overwhelming “Yes” to the sale of Sweepstake tickets.
On March 12th the very first Sweepstake tickets go on sale – the New Hampshire Lottery was born – the very first US State Lottery company to come into existence. At this early stage – the NHLottery is known as the NEW HAMPSHIRE SWEEPSTAKES.
The NH Lottery introduce an online numbers game – PICK 3 – on November 10th. The game is still going strong today.
September 3rd sees the NH Lottery introduce it second online numbers game – PICK 4 – again the game is still going strong today.
On September 3rd – tickets for the new Multi-State US Lottery game – the TRI-STATE MEGABUCKS – are put on sale marking the beginning of the long-standing collaborative partnership between the NH Lottery, Maine Lottery and Vermont Lottery. The TRI-STATE MEGABUCKS is to be drawn every Saturday and has a matrix of 6/30.
September 14th sees the first TRI STATE MEGABUCKS draw – with Richard Campbell from South Portland ME. becoming the first Megabucks winner – scooping US$ 935,919.
The matrix of the TRI-STATE MEGABUCKS is changed from 6/30 to 6/36 in January.
January sees the TRI-STATE MEGABUCKS matrix change again – this time form 6/36 to 6/40.
An extra draw is added to the TRI STATE MEGABUCKS in May – with NH Lottery players now being able to play on Wednesdays as well as Saturdays.
January sees the largest ever TRI-STATE MEGABUCKS win – an incredible US$ 16.4 Million jackpot which is split between winners in Maine and Vermont. This still stands as the biggest ever jackpot win in the history of the TRI-STATE MEGABUCKS.
April 19th sees a second Multi-State game offered by the NH Lottery in conjunction with the Maine Lottery and Vermont Lottery. The new game – TRI-STATE CASH 5 – is to be drawn each Tuesday evening and has a matrix of 5/35.
June 27th sees the last draw of the TRI-STATE CASH 5 game.
On June 28th – a new Tri State Lottery game was introduced – the 5 CARD CASH – replacing the retired TRI-STATE CASH 5. NH Lottery, Maine Lottery and Vermont Lottery players can take part on Tuesdays and Fridays every week.
Also on June 28th – the nightly PICK 3 and PICK 4 become TRI-STATE games with players from Maine and Vermont now also taking part.
On November 5th – the New Hampshire Lottery becomes the 22nd member to join the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) and begins selling tickets for its multi-state POWERBALL game which was first drawn back on April 22nd 1992 after taking over from the previous MUSL game – LOTTO AMERICA. NH Lottery players can now play the POWERBALL game – which has a double matrix of 5/45 + 1/45 – every Wednesday and Saturday.
From June – New Hampshire Lottery Players are given the option of taking a cash lump sum if they are lucky enough to win the jackpot prize on the TRI STATE MEGABUCKS.
TRI-STATE MEGABUCKS players see a game change in March – with the MEGABUCKS now having a matrix of 6/42 plus the addition of a Bonus number.
On April 6th – the NH Lottery began selling tickets for another Multi State Lottery Association game – the DAILY MILLIONS.
The following day sees the retired game being replaced by the new game – TRI-STATE WIN CASH – with a new matrix of 6/36 on September 6th.
On November 2nd – NH Lottery players see some changes made by the MUSL to the POWERBALL game. The matrix becomes 5/49 + 1/42 and winners of the jackpot can now choose to take their winnings as a cash lump sum. The POWERBALL jackpot annuity time period is also increased from 20 to 25 years.
On March 29th – the Multi-State Lottery Association retire the DAILY MILLIONS game.
The following day – the Multi State Lottery Association introduce a new game – CASH 4 LIFE – where NH Lottery players can win a lifetime prize of US$ 1,000 per week.
From June the NH Lottery PICK 3 and PICK 4 games are drawn every night of the week.
September sees NH Lottery players being given a new option of
Front Pair/Back Pair when playing the PICK 3 and PICK 4.
On June 30th – the NH Lottery stops selling tickets for the Multi-State Lottery Association game – CASH4LIFE.
On March 4th the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) add a significant feature to the POWERBALL game – POWERPLAY – a multiplier whereby players can increase their non-jackpot winnings by up to 5 times.
March 7th sees the first POWERBALL drawing including the new Powerball POWER PLAY multiplier feature.
CASH LOTTO – a brand new TRI-STATE lottery replaces WIN CASH on February 27th. As with the previous game – draws are held every Tuesday and Friday.
The Multi-State Lottery Association launch a brand new game on April 10th – the Hot Lotto. As an existing member of the MUSL – the NH Lottery partakes right from the first draw. Draws for the HOT LOTTO take place every week on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10.59pm EST.
POWERBALL sees some game changes on October 6th when 4 numbers were added to the main (white) balls and the POWERPLAY option had the number 1 removed. Jackpot odds were now 1 in 120 million and even larger POWERBALL jackpots would be created and more frequently.
Daily draws are added to the PICK 3 and PICK 4 games on June 23rd – meaning that NH Lottery players can now play either game twice every day.
August 30th sees a jackpot win on the NH POWERBALL of a huge US$ 135 Million. The Aeetos Trust from North Conway are the lucky winners – who played using an Easy Pick ticket – and the win still ranks as the largest to date on the NH Powerball.
November 14th sees the TRI-STATE lottery – CASH LOTTO – being retired by the NH Lottery, ME Lottery and VT Lottery companies.
On November 16th HEADS OR TAILS – a new TRI-STATE game is introduced – which has draws every day of the week.
February 4th sees another jackpot win on the NH POWERBALL when the Bow Trust from Portland, ME scoop US$ 85.5 Million. This win is the 8th POWERBALL jackpot to be won in New Hampshire.
The daily TRI-STATE HEADS OR TAILS game is retired on June 25th by the lotteries of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.
June 26th sees the launch of a new replacement TRI-STATE game – the TRIPLE PLAY – which has draws on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The POWERBALL matrix is given another change by the Multi-State Lottery Association on August 28th – to 5/55 + 1/42.
A world record POWERBALL jackpot of US$ 365 Million is won by a group of Nebraska factory workers following the drawing on February 18th. Until 2013 this stood as the largest lottery jackpot won in the world to date on a single lottery ticket.
May sees the introduction of the TRI-STATE ADD-A-PLAY game – the first online game to have an instant win feature.
On January 12th – the TRI STATE LOTTERY consortium of the NH Lottery along with the Maine Lottery and Vermont Lottery – retire the TRIPLE PLAY game and replace it with a brand new Tri State Lottery called PAYCHECK.
A US$ 67.7 Million jackpot is won on the NH POWERBALL by NH Lottery players – husband and wife Dale Chellis and Toni Sergott from Lake Zurich, Illinois on April 28th. The couple had purchased their ticket whilst visiting their homeland of New Hampshire.
NH Lottery players see a significant addition to the Hot Lotto game on January 3rd – when the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) add the “SIZZLER” option whereby players can multiply their non-jackpot winnings when purchasing Hot Lotto Tickets.
January 4th sees some significant changes to the POWERBALL game – the intention being to create larger jackpot prizes and produce even more winners. NH Lottery players will now see jackpots starting off at a vastly increased US$ 20 Million. Also a new prize level is created – where players can win US$ 1 Million with the Match 5 BONUS feature using POWERPLAY. The Powerball matrix now changes to 5/59 + 1/39 and draws for the Powerball move to Orlando’s Universal Studios in Florida – with the Florida Lottery joining in selling MUSL Powerball Tickets.
A new TRI-STATE game is introduced in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont on February 3rd – WEEKLY GRAND – which is drawn every Tuesday and Friday at 6.50pm EST and has a top prize of US$ 1,000 a week for 20 years.
The flagship lotto game from New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont – the popular TRI-STATE MEGABUCKS – is give some changes on July 26th and is renamed Tri State Megabucks PLUS. Jackpots for the MEGABUCKS PLUS start at US$ 1 Million and the game has a double matrix of 5/41 and 1/6. The revamped MEGABUCKS PLUS also offers bigger 2nd prizes and better odds than its predecessor.
On October 9th an agreement is made between the Mega Millions Consortium and the MUSL – Multi-State Lottery Association – to allow the cross-sales of MEGA MILLIONS tickets within States that offer the POWERBALL and the sale of POWERBALL tickets within States that offer the MEGA MILLIONS game. The NH Lottery will begin selling their own MEGA MILLIONS Tickets come January.
On January 31st the NH Lottery sells its first lottery tickets for the national MEGA MILLIONS game – as a result of the recently made cross-selling agreement between the Mega Millions Consortium and the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) – in October 2009.
April sees the biggest win on the NH Mega Millions lottery to date when Darlene Hanlon from Hampton wins US$ 10,000.
August 4th sees the largest TRI STATE MEGABUCKS PLUS win to date. A US$ 12.5 Million jackpot is won in New Hampshire which is the largest prize ever awarded to a single ticket holder in the history of either the TRI-STATE MEGABUCKS PLUS or its predecessor the TRI-STATE MEGABUCKS.
On July 30th 2016 the biggest ever New Hampshire Lottery prize was won when a huge US$ 487 MILLION Powerball jackpot was secured by a ticket purchased at the Hannaford supermarket in Raymond, NH. The lucky winner chose to remain anonymous.
The biggest jackpot to have been won in NH Lottery history tp date was exceeded once again on Saturday 6th January 2018 when a massive US$ 559.7 MILLION Powerball Jackpot was won by an New Hampshire Lottery player who had purchased a ticket in Merrimack, NH.
Net proceeds from NH Lottery games are used to benefit the citizens of the State of New Hampshire.
All NH Lottery profits go towards aiding public education in the State of New Hampshire – having been designated by the State constitution.
In fact – the State receives approximately 30% of all monies spent on NH Lottery games – the NH Lottery being one of the few USA Lottery companies to use lottery profits to benefit the area of education alone.
More than US$ 1.3 Billion has been given towards education in the State by the NH Lottery as at the end of fiscal year 2009.
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