$2.6 million winner: Lady Luck shines once again on Londonderry woman

Union Leader Correspondent
September 25. 2017 9:06PM
Frances Bergeron of Londonderry, left, became New Hampshire's newest millionaire when she won the $2.6 million grand prize in a live drawing at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday just prior to the start of the ISM Connect 300 NASCAR race. Also pictured, New Hampshire Lottery Executive Director Charlie McIntyre. (COURTESY)

CONCORD — Londonderry’s Frances Bergeron is one lucky lady.

Fourteen months after taking home $5,000 from the New Hampshire Lottery, Bergeron struck it big again Sunday with a $2.6 million at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Bergeron was one of 11 finalists who took part in the $2,000 A Week For Life drawing before the ISM Connect 300 NASCAR race in Loudon.

“I can’t even tell you. Never in a million years did I think I’d win,” Bergeron said, according to a statement from the lottery. “It still hasn’t sunk in.”

The NH Lottery said Bergeron is “very private” and she declined an interview on Monday afternoon.

She has the option of taking home $2,000 per week for 25 years — the equivalent of $2.6 million — or accepting a one-time cash payout of $1 million. The prize amounts are calculated before taxes, according to the lottery.

The $2,000 A Week For Life scratch ticket was launched in November 2014 offering nearly $15 million in prizes. Finalists for Sunday’s drawing were selected from a preliminary sweepstakes earlier this summer involving non-winning scratch tickets.

Barbara Peterson, of Melrose, Mass., took home $50,000 and Jim Blanco of Goffstown won $10,000.

Four $5,000 prizes were awarded to Michael and Karen Chadwick of Warner, John Prescott of Meredith, Ray Pederzani of White River Junction, Vt., and David Ross of Milan.

There were also four $2,500 winners: Ronald Gauthier of Nashua, Lester Pearl of Belmont, John Neville of Goffstown and Ray Leary of Danville.

“Standing on stage looking up at tens of thousands of excited race fans with $2.6 million at stake has to be an absolutely amazing feeling,” said Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the lottery, in a statement. “What an incredible way to select New Hampshire’s newest multimillionaire. I want to congratulate our grand prize winner, Frances Bergeron, and all our finalists, who are all winners today.”

Sunday’s big score wasn’t the first for Bergeron, who also won $5,000 from the state lottery in July 2016.

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