By LYNNE TUOHY
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Hopeful hunters packed the assembly room at New Hampshire Fish and Game headquarters for the annual moose lottery for 275 permits.
Beth Johnson-Crawford of Derry was the first of those in attendance to have her name announced Friday and let out a joyful whoop. She was selected as an alternate in 2006, but surrendered that status when her husband's name was drawn for a permit.
Ronald Tremblay, 73, of Hooksett, was also present to hear his name drawn, after more than a decade of unsuccessful applications.
Gov. Maggie Hassan kicked off the festivities, saying the lottery is an important part of the Granite State's culture and economy.
More than 13,000 hunters applied for the permits, including nearly 5,000 from outside the state.
The hunt runs from Oct. 19 to 27.
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