Lottery ticket worth $3.7m sold in Nashua

NASHUA – Someone, somewhere has a piece of paper worth $3.7 million.

The ticket that won Saturday’s Tri-State Megabucks jackpot, which had been building for three months, was sold at the Market Basket on Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua.

The winning numbers, drawn Saturday night, are 3-4-9-12-24-34. The winning ticket got all six numbers correct, but did not get the bonus number, 32. When all six numbers are correct, the bonus number has no bearing on the size of the jackpot.

Maura McCann, a spokeswoman for the New Hampshire Lottery Commission, said it’s not yet known who the winner is.

“Most of the time they usually return to where they bought the ticket,” she said.

The jackpot has been building since it was last won May 17 in Maine.

New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont participate in the Tri-State Megabucks drawing.

The most recent Megabucks jackpot won in New Hampshire was last September.

McCann said sometimes people have no idea they won the jackpot and find out when the ticket is scanned. Other times, people hear about it on the news and will go directly to the state lottery headquarters in Concord to claim their prize, she said.

Once the owner of the ticket comes forward to claim the prize and the ticket is validated, McCann said the winner is provided with financial and legal advice to help decide what the best options are.

“More than likely they’ve never had this much money before,” she said.

The winner must decide to either take the lump sum payment – approximately $1.85 million – or take the entire $3.7 million in 25 annual payments.

McCann said the Market Basket store would receive $30,000 for selling the winning ticket. That money will likely go to the corporate offices, she said.