With the Powerball jackpot growing to an annuity value of over a half billion dollars, what do you do when you win?

The jackpot was last won on August 3, and has gone 32 drawings since then without a jackpot winner.

Monday night's numbers were: 19, 30, 36, 46, and 60. The Red Power Ball number was 25. The Power Play was 3X.

Wednesday's jackpot now has an annuity value of $508 million, with a cash jackpot of $256.3 million.

Lottery ticket sales in New Hampshire have been brisk, according to NH Lottery Executive Director Charlie McIntyre.

“With over $850,000 in Powerball sales last week alone, we know the excitement is quickly building among our players, who now have a chance to win over half a billion dollars,” McIntyre said in a statement.

No Powerball or Mega Million jackpots have been been won in New Hampshire in 2022, but a few million dollar tickets have been won.

A Powerball ticket worth $1 million was sold at the Kwik Stop on Loudon Road in Concord for the August 13 drawing.

Two Mega Millions tickets worth $1 million were sold in New Hampshire in July. One of those tickets was sold at the state Liquor & Wine Outlet on the Portsmouth Traffic Circle to a Colorado couple here for the Ambetter 301 NASCAR race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. The other was at a Market Basket in Salem.

Priceless Advice for Winners

No matter the amount of the jackpot, the rules are the same for such a life-changing event, according to financial planner Lou Scatigna, with AFM Investments of Toms River, New Jersey. His first piece of advice is for winners to keep the news to themselves.

"The first thing you need to do is shut up," Scatigna told Seacoast Current.

"You can't let people know your fortune. A lot of times, you'll see people on TV three days after they win. That's probably the biggest mistake you can make, because you're not mentally prepared for the onslaught of press you're going to get as well as people who want to take advantage of your fortune."

Resisting the Call of the Media

Scatigna said there are people who can't resist their moment in the spotlight.

"People with fragile egos and so forth, they want to be on TV. They want everyone to know how rich they are all of a sudden, and that's a mistake, because the less people that know, the better in almost every situation," Scatigna said.

The spotlight will also bring unwanted calls from financial advisors, people looking for investors in their business, stock brokers, and lawyers all looking for your money.

Hire a Professional

"The key here is to surround yourself with a great accountant, a great financial planner, and a great lawyer that have experience with things like this to make sure you're counseled properly and you don't do anything without vetting it through your personal committee," Scatigna said.

New Hampshire Lottery spokeswoman Maura McCann said the winner should get in touch with the lottery.

"Following a jackpot win, via the media, we make sure to 'tell' our jackpot winner to call our office and speak with us prior to making the prize claim. Further, we would stress the importance to reach out to a financial expert as well as seeking legal advice," McCann said.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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