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NH Lottery gets call from possible Powerball winner

New Hampshire Union Leader

January 14. 2018 8:42PM

CONCORD — New Hampshire’s $559.7 million Powerball jackpot winner may be getting ready to claim the big prize.

Maura McCann, spokesman for the New Hampshire Lottery, said Sunday that a call came in to the lottery offices late Friday from someone asking about payment options for the grand prize from the Jan. 6 drawing.

The caller did not leave a name; the winner’s identity remains a mystery, McCann said.

The winning ticket was sold at Reeds Ferry Market in Merrimack.

McCann said the winner will need to have the ticket validated, as is the case for any jackpot regardless of size, and has up to a year from the drawing date to claim the prize.

“This is how we kind of expected the process to go,” McCann said.

The winner has the option of taking $559.7 million in payments spread over 30 years or a lump-sum cash option of $358.5 million.

The winner also has the option of remaining anonymous, as New Hampshire’s last Powerball jackpot winner did in 2016.

The $487 million jackpot was claimed through a trust known as the Robin Egg 2016 Nominee Trust. The winning ticket was purchased at a Hannaford in Raymond.

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