---- — New Hampshire Lottery officials announced yesterday it has topped $5 billion in lottery ticket sales since the lottery began in 1964.
People are buying lottery tickets in ever-increasing numbers.
For fiscal year 2013, instant tickets sales are up more than 11 percent over last year, officials said, and Powerball ticket sales are up more than 53 percent.
Instant ticket sales account for about 70 percent of total ticket sales in the state, according to Debra Douglas, chairman of the state Lottery Commission.
The commission attributes the sales uptick to changes it made over the past several years. Those changes include bigger prizes and a chance for retailers to earn more commissions on sales.
During fiscal year 2012, N.H. lottery players won $159 million and retailers earned $14.8 million in sales commissions.
Doctor speaks at Relay for Life kick-off
SALEM — On Monday, Relay for Life of Salem begins its ninth year with guest speaker, Dr. Juliann Chmielecki of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.
She is actively performing leading research on the causes and potential cures for various cancers. Her work is funded by a post-doctoral research fellowship funded by the American Cancer Society. The funds for her research come directly from events such as the Relay For Life of Salem.
The kick-off and Chmielecki’s talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 37 Main St.
Once again, teams of volunteers will be coming together on June 22 and 23, at Grant Field at Salem High School for the annual Relay for Life.
For the past eight years, teams of local volunteers have worked tirelessly to raise money for the American Cancer Society and come together each June to walk the track throughout the night at Salem High School.
Each year, one of the most memorable events is the “Survivor Lap” where cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers walk a special lap, supporting one another and sharing their stories.
Learn more about the Relay for Life of Salem by visiting relayforlife.org/salemnh or calling 1-800-227-2345.
ATKINSON — The Atkinson Academy PTA will award a $750 scholarship to a 2013 high school senior who attended Atkinson Academy.
Graduating seniors of public and private high schools who attended Atkinson Academy are welcome to apply.
Applications can be found at the Atkinson Academy website, atkinsonacademy.com, or the Atkinson Academy school office.
The deadline to submit applications is May 24.
Enjoy books, breakfast at library
HAMPSTEAD — The next Books for Breakfast at Hampstead Public Library takes place on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 9 to 11 a.m.
This event is designed to give families a chance to spend time together in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Come enjoy books, crafts, hot drinks and breakfast.
Salem checklist supervisors meet
SALEM — The Supervisors of the Checklist will meet Tuesday, Jan. 22, to update the town’s list of registered voters.
Residents can register to vote, make changes or corrections, or switch their party affiliation between 7 and 8 p.m. on the lower level of Town Hall.
Photo identification, such as a driver’s license, and proof of residency are required. Naturalized citizens must show a passport or citizenship papers.
Copies of the list are available for review at the Kelley Library reference desk or at the town clerk’s office.
Residents may register to vote with the town clerk through Jan. 23 for the deliberative session Feb. 2 or through Jan. 28 for the school deliberative session Feb. 7.