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Court Upholds N.H. Lottery’s Online Ticket Sales, Rejects Federal Challenge

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit is upholding a lower court ruling that the New Hampshire Lottery Commission can continue to sell lottery tickets online, despite a challenge by the Trump Administration.

New Hampshire Scores $4.6 Million From Sports Betting

Sports gambling has netted the state $4.6 million in tax revenues since launching last December.

N.H. Lottery Commission officials say that revenue figure would likely be higher if the pandemic hadn’t forced the cancellation of professional and collegiate sports games, and shortened some seasons.

Mega Millions $168M Jackpot Winner Claims Prize; Ticket Bought in Exeter

New Hampshire’s first Mega Millions jackpot winner has claimed a $168 million prize from a drawing in July.

The winner of the July 23 drawing claimed the prize through the Just as B4 Nominee Trust of 2019, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

The winner, who purchased the jackpot winning ticket at the Brookside Market & Deli in Exeter for the drawing, chose the one-time cash prize of $108.5 million. The market received $75,000 for selling the winning ticket.

The Mega Millions drawing results from July 23 were: 1-4-23-40-45 MB-11.

13 Companies Are Vying For N.H. Sports Betting Contract

The Lottery Commission is sifting through more than a dozen bids from vendors looking to manage sports gambling in New Hampshire.

State officials announced Monday that it received 13 responses to its request for proposal to oversee both online and in-person sports wagering.

The legislature approved sports gambling earlier this year, greenlighting up to 10 physical locations around the state. Similar to the rollout of Keno, municipalities will need to get approval of local voters before any facilities can start taking bets.

Justice Department to Fight Online Gambling Ruling That Was a ‘Win’ for N.H. Lottery

The Justice Department is planning to challenge a federal judge’s ruling that a law prohibiting interstate wagering applies only to sports gambling, renewing the dispute over whether it’s illegal to states like New Hampshire to sell lottery tickets online.

The department filed notice Friday with the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston.

N.H. Lottery Seeking Vendors, Retailers for Sports Betting

The New Hampshire Lottery is looking for proposals from potential online vendors and retailers to offer sports betting after it became legal last month.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed a law that legalizes betting on professional sports and most Division I college sports, excluding games involving New Hampshire schools.

Mobile betting and retail gambling at 10 locations will be allowed, though it will take some time to set up. The wagering is expected to produce an estimated $7.5 million for education in fiscal year 2021 and $13.5 million two years later.

N.H. Lottery Wins A Court Decision Over Online Ticket Sales

The New Hampshire Lottery Commission is celebrating Monday’s victory in a lawsuit against the Trump Administration over the legality of online lottery sales.

The case centers on a surprise opinion released by the Office of Legal Counsel in November 2018 that said online lottery ticket sales violated the 1961 Wire Act. That opinion reversed a 2011 memo that cleared the way for online lottery sales.

Growing Number of States Move to Shield Lottery Winners

A growing number of states are moving to allow the winners of big lottery jackpots to stay anonymous as privacy concerns are increasingly trumping lottery groups’ wishes to publicize winners to boost sales and show that the games are fair.

Arizona could be the next state to join at least nine others with laws that let winners keep their names secret under a proposal headed to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. Four years ago, just five states allowed anonymous winners, and a handful of others allowed trusts to claim prizes.

Judge Says N.H. Lottery Commission Suit May Proceed, But Odds of Success Unknown

A federal judge has turned down a request by the U.S. Department of Justice to dismiss a lawsuit brought the New Hampshire Lottery Commission.

Thursday’s ruling comes in a case that centers on a surprise opinion released by the DOJ in November 2018 that could have broad implications for all lottery games.

Lottery Director Warns N.H. Could Lose Millions Pending Outcome of Federal Lawsuit

The state’s top lottery official is warning lawmakers that New Hampshire could lose millions if it doesn’t prevail in its lawsuit against the federal government.

The issue hinges on a new interpretation of the federal wire act.

N.H. Lottery Commission Files Lawsuit Against Trump Administration Over Online Ticket Sales

The New Hampshire Lottery Commission is suing the Trump Administration over its ability to sell lottery tickets online.

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice issued an opion clearing the way for online sale of tickets.

Since then, eight states have launched online sales, including New Hampshire, which did so last September. The Lottery Commission says it expects to sell as much as $6 million worth of scratch off and “draw games” such as Mega Millions during the current fiscal year over the internet.

N.H. Lottery Calls DOJ Reversal on Web Lottery Sales ‘Unacceptable’

The New Hampshire Lottery is exploring legal action after a decision by the Trump administration that would make selling lottery tickets online illegal.

The state started selling virtual lottery tickets online in September of 2018, after it was approved in the last legislative session.

In that time, it’s generated approximately $1.8 million net for the state from web sales.

Mega Millions $1M Ticket Sold in New Hampshire

Someone who bought a Mega Millions ticket in New Hampshire came closer than most to winning the $1 billion prize.

They matched five of the six numbers in Friday’s drawing with a ticket now worth $1 million.

‘Bugs Bunny’ Numbers: Mega Millions Jackpot Soars to $1.6 Billion

No one hit the Mega Millions jackpot Friday night. With the rollover, the jackpot has soared to $1.6 billion.

The next drawing is Tuesday.

The numbers drawn last night:

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With tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot now at $1 billion, the New Hampshire Lottery expects each of its 1,400 retailers on average to soon be selling three or four tickets a minute.

Keno Wins Big on Town Meeting Day

The electronic gambling game Keno was approved by roughly three-quarters of the towns that voted on it last week.

The state Lottery Commission says 55 out of 71 towns approved Keno on Town Meeting day.

State lawmakers legalized the game last year as a way to raise money for full-day kindergarten, but left it up to individual communities to decide whether to allow it.

Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the state Lottery, says he’s pleased by the number of towns that approved Keno.

N.H. Lottery Won’t Appeal ‘Jane Doe’ Powerball Winner’s Anonymity Win

The state Lottery Commission says it won’t appeal a court decision that allowed the winner of a half-billion dollar Powerball jackpot to remain anonymous.

The Lottery Commission and the anonymous winner, identified only as Jane Doe, had been at odds over whether a lottery winner’s name was subject to right-to-know laws.

Last week, a Hillsboro Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the lottery winner — meaning her identity will remain a mystery.

Judge Rules Powerball Winner ‘Jane Doe’ Can Remain Anonymous

Jane Doe will remain Jane Doe.

In a ruling that could shift legal precedent in New Hampshire, a Superior Court judge has declared that the identity of a woman who won a $560 million Powerball jackpot cannot be disclosed by the state Lottery Commission, citing “an invasion of privacy.”

‘Jane Doe’ Powerball Winner Set To Claim Her $560 Million Prize

Representatives for the New Hampshire woman who won a half-billion dollar Powerball jackpot will claim the prize on Wednesday.

The winner, however, won’t be present.

Identified only as Jane Doe in court paperwork, she’s asking a judge to let her remain anonymous despite having already signed the back of the $559 million Powerball jackpot ticket.

Powerball Winner Will Get Money While Fight to Remain Anonymous Continues

The New Hampshire Lottery Commission says it will allow the lottery winner who wants to remain anonymous to start collecting some of her $560 million jackpot, while she awaits a court’s ruling on whether her identity is a matter of public record.

In a motion filed Thursday, the lottery commission said it would allow the woman to designate a trust that could collect the money on her behalf — as long as someone brings her winning ticket, photo ID and social security number to a secure location so state officials can make sure she’s eligible.

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