It was a winning weekend for New Hampshire.
Though no one in the Granite State won Powerball’s record-setting jackpot, two $1 million tickets were among the eight tickets that garnered nearly $2,050,000 in prizes during Saturday’s drawing, officials said today.
The $1 million tickets were purchased at Manchester’s Bunny’s Superette and the Exit 3 Travel Stop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire Lottery spokeswoman Maura McCann said today.
In addition to the million-dollar tickets, three $10,000 tickets were purchased in Berlin, Nashua, and Rochester. Friday kicked off the state’s winning streak, with a $10,000 prize sold in Concord. The next day, a $9,000 ticket was sold in Candia.
Nationwide, 35 $1 million tickets — which matched five numbers but not the Powerball number — were sold. (Massachusetts did not have any $1 million winners, officials said.)
“It’s great that New Hampshire picked up two winners,” McCann said.
The massive $590.5 million jackpot was won by somone in Zephyrhills, Fla..
Lottery ticket sales skyrocketed over the past week. McCann said the state nearly doubled its normal weekly ticket sales, pulling in up to to $10 million, compared with the usual income of about $6 million.
The spike in sales is a boon for the state, too, McCann said, as the net profit from ticket sales is earmarked for education spending.
“It was quite a profitable week all-around,” McCann said.
As of 8:30 a.m., no winners had come to New Hampshire Lottery’s Concord location to claim their prizes.Lauren Dezenski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @LaurenDezenski.