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Scott L. Hall, USA TODAY
PORTSMOUTH — A Colorado woman visiting New Hampshire with her husband to watch a NASCAR race is the year’s first million-dollar lottery winner.
The New Hampshire Lottery announced on Thursday that Colorado Springs resident Cheryl Vossen claimed her million dollar prize after buying the winning ticket in Portsmouth at the New Hampshire Liquor and Wine Outlet store off the roundabout in town this week.
By purchasing the ticket for a $555 Mega Millions jackpot draw on Tuesday night, Vossen and three other lottery ticket buyers in Arizona, California and North Carolina each won $1 million. Each ticket corresponded to the first five Mega Millions balls drawn on Tuesday, the numbers of which were 2, 31, 32, 37 and 70.
The chance purchase of Vossen is the second summer in a row that a million dollar lottery ticket has been sold in Portsmouth. Cabot Street Market sold a seven-figure winning ticket in July 2021.
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Vossen and her husband had only played Mega Millions once before their $1 million purchase, according to a New Hampshire Lottery press release. The couple watched the Ambetter 301 NASCAR race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon last Sunday. They stopped at the Portsmouth liquor store on Monday, buying $10 worth of Mega Millions tickets for Tuesday’s draw.
“While they have no specific plans for the prize money, they have said they would like to vacation in the Maldives,” reported the New Hampshire Lottery.
No one won Tuesday’s $555 million jackpot, which has odds of one in nearly 302.6 million. To win a Mega Millions draw, a ticket must match the first five numbers and the golden “Mega Ball”, which was 25 on Tuesday.
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The Mega Millions prize rolls over to its next draw scheduled for Friday night and has increased to around $660 million, one of the highest prizes in gaming history.
New Hampshire Lottery Marketing Director Maura McCann previously said the New Hampshire Liquor and Wine Outlet in Portsmouth received a $10,000 prize for selling the ticket.
The Mega Millions draw that takes place on Friday, according to the New Hampshire Lottery, has increased since April, when a Tennessee lottery player purchased a ticket that won a $20 million jackpot.