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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: N.H. caught Mega Millions fever, Granite State of breweries

By a hand written sign about the jackpot, a cashier hands a customer her Mega Millions ticket at The Gallery Shop in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. The Mega Millions jackpot soared to an estimated $636 million on Tuesday, making it the second largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

By a hand written sign about the jackpot, a cashier hands a customer her Mega Millions ticket at The Gallery Shop in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. The Mega Millions jackpot soared to an estimated $636 million on Tuesday, making it the second largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Every so often – maybe once or twice a year – the country seems to go nuts for the lottery. That’s because we’ve seen jackpots eclipse the $600 million mark several times already (this year). And New Hampshire is no different.

One store in Manchester yesterday saw tickets going fast. Like really fast. A clerk said the store had gone through four rolls of ticket paper by noon.

This latest boom began at the end of last week leading up to last night’s Mega Millions draw. The jackpot was estimated at $586 million at the beginning of the day, but was expected to be close to $680 million by the time of the drawing due to last-minute ticket sales.

Some stores in the state saw that folks were buying 20-30 tickets at a time, and some were even buying more than 100.

So did that effort pay off? Did the Granite State land a winner? Not unless someone traveled to San Jose, Calif., or Atlanta, Ga., recently.

In other news

∎ There’s more and more breweries popping up in the Granite State lately. There’s currently 19 licensed breweries operating here. And there’s no way you’d be able to miss one if you were looking on the Seacoast. But with more breweries comes more beer-oriented businesses, right? Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s how the saying goes. One of the newest additions – the Lazy Dog Beer Shoppe in Londonderry.

∎ It snowed a few more inches last night. Traffic and evening events were not pleased.

∎ James Perriello, the 42-year-old Newport man who shot his wife to death in a jealous rage, will argue for less than a life sentence.

 New Hampshire maintains one of the lowest rates of HIV infection in the country, but the topic is still taboo for some in the state.

∎ New Hampshire is tops in the nation when it comes to infectious-disease prevention.

∎ An ex-Fortune 500 company exec could get a more severe charge than reckless manslaughter for killing a couple an their unborn child in a failed suicide attempt.

∎ Winchester Place apartment complex in Portsmouth has banned live Christmas trees because of fire safety concerns.

 The homeless count in New Hampshire is 1,685 people for 2013, relatively unchanged from a year ago.

∎ State Rep. J.R. Hoell hinted that conservatives might need to start an armed resistance against the government similar to the Revolutionary War.

∎ Some Nashua students got a crash course in CPR.

∎ The UNH football team is off to its first-ever trip to the FCS semifinals. They’ll face North Dakota State on Friday night in Fargo, N.D.

(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at kdeane@cmonitor.com. Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

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