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Jordan’s Furniture employees claim $1 million prize

By Adam Urquhart - Staff Writer | Mar 28, 2019

CONCORD – Thirty employees from Jordan’s Furniture in Nashua are finding it hard to contain their excitement after claiming their $1 million Powerball prize Wednesday.

Members of the group pooled their money, tossing in a couple dollars each, with the hope that together, they could win big.

To their surprise, they did.

Twenty or so of the 30 winners gathered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at New Hampshire Lottery Headquarters in Concord to claim their winnings. The winning ticket was purchased for the Saturday Powerball drawing at Cumberland Farms on Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua.

Carrie Perry spoke on behalf of her “J-Team,” saying members are happy, and that a lot of people deserve this money.

“We didn’t know until the next day – we didn’t check,” Perry said. “We were working with customers.”

So, after finding out, the excitement began brewing. When it came time to accept their check, all were beaming bright smiles and cheering with enthusiasm.

“Each of them will walk away with $33,000, which takes an edge off, pays the car payment, house payment – all those good things,” New Hampshire State Lottery Commission Executive Director Charlie McIntyre said.

The anticipation for another big winner continued to build throughout the day Wednesday, with a $750 million Powerball prize up for grabs. McIntyre said with a jackpot such as this, the state will see sales of about $5 million during the week. He said stores will see additional foot traffic, while every dollar of lottery sales equates to $3 in convenience store sales.

“At jackpot sizes of this level, we see a dramatic increase in sales, which increases the profitability for the state,” McIntyre said. “So, every dollar we sell to the Powerball, about 41 cents goes to education.”

That anticipated $750 million Powerball will be one of the top 10 largest lottery jackpots on record, ranking fourth place. The largest Powerball jackpot on record was $1.586 billion in January 2016, and remains the world record lottery jackpot.

“The New Hampshire Lottery encourages players to take part in pools, as it makes the experience more fun when you can share the excitement and anticipation with friends, family or co-workers,” McIntyre said.

Adam Urquhart may be contacted at 594-1206, or at aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.

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