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We say that anything can happen in Jersey, because with the New Jersey Lottery…it’s true. As we celebrate 50 years since the Lottery’s inception, there has been a total of over $42 billion in prizes awarded and a contribution of over $28 billion to the state. Take a look at the milestones from the last five decades to see how the Lottery has become what it is today.

November – Voters Approve Lottery

New Jersey voters overwhelmingly approved the establishment of a State Lottery as part of the general election. The 81.5 percent majority in favor of a Lottery was one of the largest in New Jersey political history

April – Senate Confirms First New Jersey Lottery Executive Director

Ralph Batch has been confirmed by the New Jersey Senate as the first Executive Director of the New Jersey State Lottery.

December 16 – First Lottery Ticket Sold to Governor William T. Cahill

New Jersey Lottery weekly game tickets went on sale at 2,000 agent locations throughout the state.

March – First Millionaire Drawing Held

The lucky winners were Edward and Kathleen Henry of West Caldwell. The first annuity payment in the amount of $50,000 was presented by Dr. Thomas E. Maggio, chairman of the New Jersey Lottery Commission.

November – The First 5 Digit Daily Game is Introduced

The 50Вў, 5-Digit Daily Game is introduced featuring $10,000 top prizes.

January – Senate Confirms New Jersey Lottery Executive Director

Charles Carella has been confirmed by the New Jersey Senate as the new Executive Director of the New Jersey State Lottery.

May – Pick-It, the Nation’s 1st Online Game is Introduced

New Jersey Lottery introduces the first online Lottery numbers game in the U.S.

June – First Instant Game is Introduced

New Jersey’s first instant game called “7-11-21” features instant cash for prizes up to $10,000.

September – Senate Confirms New Jersey Lottery Executive Director

Henry Luther, Esq. has been confirmed by the New Jersey Senate as the new Executive Director of the New Jersey State Lottery.

January – First Televised New Jersey Lottery Drawing

New Jersey Network televised the first broadcast of a New Jersey Lottery drawing with former Miss New Jersey, Hela Young as the Hostess.

June – Pick-4 is Introduced

New Jersey Lottery introduces Pick-4, a weekly computerized four digit game.

July – Senate Confirms New Jersey Lottery Executive Director

Gloria Decker has been confirmed by the New Jersey Senate as the new Executive Director of the New Jersey State Lottery.

May – Pick-6 Lotto is Introduced

Sales of the game begin after a successful test of the computerized sales network of 2,000 agents. Tickets cost $1, and an added feature of the game is a grand prize bonus drawing with cash prizes up to $100,000.

March – First Pick-6 Bonus Drawing is Held

May – First Pick-6 Lotto Millionaire

Manuel Collada of Hillside, NJ, won a $1.8 million cash prize.

April – Senate Confirms New Jersey Lottery Executive Director

Hazel Frank Gluck has been confirmed by the New Jersey Senate as the new Executive Director of the New Jersey State Lottery.

October – Pick-6 Lotto Anuity Prize began

May – New Jersey Lottery Names 100th Millionaire

June – Pick-6 Lotto Game Expands Numbers; Bonus Drawing Rises to $1 Million

Pick-6 Lotto matrix increased from 6 out of 36 to 6 out of 39 numbers and the Pick-6 Bonus drawing prize was raised to $1 million.

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May – Senate Confirms New Jersey Lottery Executive Director

Joan Zielinski has been confirmed by the New Jersey Senate as the new Executive Director of the New Jersey State Lottery.

February – Pick-6 Adds More Numbers; Drawings Held Twice a Week

New Jersey Lottery Commission approves changes in Pick-6 Lotto, changing the number base from 6 out of 39 to 6 out of 42. A second weekly drawing is also added.

June – $1 Billion Mark is Reached

Pick-6 Lotto passes the $1 billion mark in cumulative total sales.

February – Pick-It name changed to Pick-3

April – Yearly Sales Surpass $1 Billion

April – Senate Confirms New Jersey Lottery Executive Director

Barbara Marrow-Mooring has been confirmed by the New Jersey Senate as the new Executive Director of the New Jersey State Lottery.

January – Pick-6 Lotto Game Expands Numbers; Adds Sunday Drawings for Daily Games

Pick-6 Lotto is changed from 42 to 46 numbers. Lottery Commission approved Sunday drawings for its two daily games, Pick-3 and Pick-4.

July – Lottery Helps Gamblers

Toll free “hotline” set up for persons with compulsive gambling problems, printed on all Lottery tickets and literature.

July – Senate Confirms New Jersey Lottery Executive Director

Frank Pelly has been confirmed by the New Jersey Senate as the new Executive Director of the New Jersey State Lottery.

September – Jersey Cash 5 is Introduced

Sales begin for the new Jersey Cash 5 game, with all cash prizes (no annuities) and no rollovers.

August – “Lucky 372” Share $8.6 Million Pick-6 Jackpot

The largest group ever to share a Pick-6 Lotto prize claimed the $8.6 million jackpot.

July – Senate Confirms New Jersey Lottery Executive Director

Virginia Haines has been confirmed by the New Jersey Senate as the new Executive Director of the New Jersey State Lottery.

January – 25th Anniversary Kick Off

The New Jersey Lottery kicks off the 25th Anniversary of the Lottery and unveils the state’s first $5 instant game, Lucky Anniversary.

May – Pick-6 Lotto Exceeds $5 Billion in Sales Since Inception

January – Lottery Introduces First ‘Win for Life’ Instant Game

Lottery introduced the first Win for Life game, offering a top prize of $1,000 a week for life and many other prizes.

December – Lottery Introduces First $10 Instant Game

May – Lottery Announces Cash Option and Advanced Play for Pick-6 Lotto

New Jersey Lottery introduced Cash Option which allows Pick-6 Lotto players to select receiving the top prize in one lump sum. Also, players can now play Pick-6 Lotto numbers in advance.

March – Lottery Introduces “LOTZEE”

Introduction of LOTZEE game is approved with Saturday night draw. The tickets are $2 each and the top prize is $500,000.

September – Lottery Changes Pick-6 Annuity to 25 Years

The New Jersey Lottery changes the annuity structure from 20 years to 25.

May – New Jersey Lottery Joins Multi-state Lottery, “Big Game”

Introduction of Big Game to New Jersey Lottery. Other states include: Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Maryland, and Virginia.

December – First New Jersey Player Wins Big Game

A retired Ocean County man took home the top prize of $13 million in Big Game.

May – Big Game Jackpot Reaches $363 Million

Big Game soared to $363 million, one of the largest jackpots in American history, on May 9, 2000. Two winning tickets from Michigan and Illinois split the jackpot.

February – Largest Pick-6 Lotto Jackpot in New Jersey History

The highest Pick-6 Lotto jackpot in New Jersey history, $48.9 million, is won by James and Eileen Rath of Union, Union County.

June – BIG GAME Winner Claims Winning Ticket in Knick of Time

A winning BIG GAME ticket worth $46 million sold in Bergen County is claimed two days before expiration by Melvin Milligan of Passaic, Passaic County.

September – Final Pick-6 Lotto Bonus Drawing Held in Atlantic City

Six co-workers from Sutton Warehouse in Sayerville, Middlesex County share in $1 million prize at Final Bonus drawing. The Bonus Million feature was eliminated as part of the Lottery’s enhanced Pick-6 Lotto game, which debuted on September 11, 2000.

October – Jersey Cash 5 Drawings Increased to Seven Days a Week

Jersey Cash 5 drawings are increased to include Saturday and Sunday.

October – Lottery Introduces ‘For Every Dollar, There’s a Dream’ Instant Game

Spokesperson and recording legend Ray Charles and Executive Director Virginia Haines unveil “For Every Dollar, There’s a Dream” instant game.

October – 100th ‘Win For Life’ Winner

Rufus Street of Paterson of Passaic County is the 100th top prizewinner of the Win For Life instant game since it was first introduced in 1996.

October – New Jersey Lottery Wins Batchy Award

The Lottery wins the distinguished Batchy Award for “Best Web Site Home Page” and “Best Print Ad” from the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL).

November – Introduction of Midday Drawings

Drawings for two of the Lottery’s most popular games, Pick 3 and Pick 4, evolve with the addition of midday drawings to increase prizes and winners.

January – Introduction of ‘Big Money Spectacular’ Instant Game

Big Money Spectacular offers largest payout of any $2 instant game ticket in NJ history.

January – Lottery Launches VIP Club

January – Lottery Makes Several Improvements to LOTZEE

A Wednesday drawing is added and higher payouts for winners.

April – Largest New Jersey Big Game Jackpot Won

Jorge and Joanne Lopes win the largest prize in New Jersey Lottery History when they claim $331 million in the Big Game.

May – Mega Millions Replaces Big Game

Mega Million’s makes its debut at over 6,000 retailer locations throughout the state. Kick-off event held aboard the USS New Jersey in Camden.

June – Lottery Sales Surpass $2 Billion for First Time in History

July – New Jersey’s First Mega Millions Top-Prize Winner

Sundel “Sonny” Judson of Cliffside Park becomes New Jersey’s first Mega Millions top-prize winner by claiming the $165 Million prize.

August – New Jersey Lottery Launches New Website address: www.njlottery.net

March – Introduction of Slingo

One of the nation’s most popular Internet games introduced as an instant game.

March – The New Jersey Lottery Renovates it’s Nightly Drawing Stage and Website Design

March – The ‘International Gaming & Wagering Business Magazines’ annual Lottery Efficiency Study Ranked the New Jersey Lottery as One of it’s Most Efficient Lotteries in the Nation

July – Lottery Sales Top $2 Billion for Second Year in a Row

August – Senate Confirms New Jersey Lottery Executive Director

Virginia S. Bauer has been confirmed by the New Jersey Senate as the new Executive Director of the New Jersey State Lottery.

August – New Jersey broadens it’s AMBER Alert network to include 6,000 lottery retailer locations throughout the Garden State

August – The End of LOTZEE

September – Jersey Cash 5 Improvements

Jersey Cash 5 changes from “roll down” game to “roll over” game producing higher prizes for winners.

February – Introduction of Cyber Slingo, the First Internet Lottery Game

New Jersey Lottery introduces first Lottery game with on-line component.

February – Introduction of the ‘Where the Money Goes’ Speakers Bureau Tour

With the goal of educating players about how Lottery revenue is distributed and used to enhance state education program

October – Lottery Executive Wins Prestigious North American Award

Foster Krupa, New Jersey Lottery’s Marketing & Instant Game Manager, claims the Powers Award from the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL). Mr. Krupa was presented in recognition of his significant contribution to the New Jersey Lottery.

November – New Jersey Lottery Launches Second E-Game: Tetris

Tetris, the famous action puzzle game that has been played around the world for nearly 20 years, was converted into the form of an instant ticket.

February – California Announces Plans to Join Mega Millions

June – Senate Confirms New Jersey Lottery Executive Director

Michellene Davis, Esq. has been confirmed by the New Jersey Senate as the new Executive Director of the New Jersey State Lottery.

June – California Joins Mega Millions Group

With the addition of California to the Mega Millions family, the matrix changed to create the ability for much larger jackpots, growing at a much faster rate. The second tier prize rose to $250,000 (up from $175,000) as the third prize jumped to $10,000 (up from $5,000).

June – Chinese Delegation of Sports Lottery Officials Visit New Jersey Lottery

The New Jersey State Lottery’s outstanding reputation as one of the most efficient and cost effective state lotteries in the United States has earned a visit from the representatives of China’s Sports Lottery. The contingent of 10 met with Executive Director Michellene Davis and several members of her senior staff to learn about management methods, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

September 16 – Largest Single Ticket Win in NJ Lottery History to Date

Harold & Helen Lerner of Bergen County win $258 Million in Mega Millions.

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BACKGROUND

In one of the strongest majority results in New Jersey political history, a lottery was approved by a whopping 81.5 percent of voters in November 1969. Under the direction of Ralph Batch, the New Jersey Lottery began ticket sales on December 16, 1970, with a 50 cent weekly passive game simply called The Weekly.
A 5-digit daily game was introduced in November 1972, and its first instant game, 7-11-21, went on sale in June 1975. The Lottery’s major contribution to the industry came in May 1975, with the unveiling of the country’s first computerized lottery system allowing players to actually choose their own numbers. That first draw game, Pick-It, became Pick 3, and it set the stage for all future American numbers games.
Pick 4 followed in June 1977, and the Lottery’s first lotto game, Pick-6 Lotto, began in May 1980. These two games are still in the product mix today, which also includes Powerball, Mega Millions, Pick 3 and Jersey Cash 5. For an extra $1, players can add Instant Match to any of the daily games for an extra instant-win opportunity.
Always the innovator, the Lottery’s first game with an Internet play component was introduced in February 2004, Cyber Slingo.
New Jersey Lottery proceeds benefit education and institutions in the state, and revenues are distributed to the Department of Education, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the School Nutrition Program and the Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf.
Some of the many programs which have benefitted from lottery revenues include the operation of centers for the developmentally disabled, state psychiatric hospitals and homes for veterans; higher education tuition and grants; and aid to colleges and universities.

News Archive for CY2020
September 15, 2020 NJ Lottery Announces New Way to Submit Claims
Sept 1, 2020 New Jersey Lottery Kicks Off Annual Campaign to Prevent Underage Lottery Play
August 2, 2020 Bill Permitting Lottery Players to Electronically Validate Lottery Claims Passes Full Assembly, Heads to Senate
July 30, 2020 New Jersey Lottery Announces Fiscal Year 2020 Sales; Down 7.7% Compared to the Prior Year
July 28, 2020 New Jersey Lottery Presents Bonus Check to Hudson County Retailer for Selling the $124 Million Mega Millions Jackpot Winning Ticket
June 22, 2020 NJ Lottery Announce Updates to Core Games

News Archive for CY2019
November 15, 2019 NJ Lottery Receives Prestigious National Awards in TV and Radio Advertising
November 1, 2019 50 Years Ago New Jersey Citizens Took a Chance on the Lottery
September 26, 2019 CASH POP is the Exciting New Game from NJ Lottery
Aug. 27, 2019 New Jersey Lottery Kicks Off Annual Campaign to Prevent Underage Lottery Play
August 6, 2019 New Jersey Lottery Fiscal Year 2019 Sales Set New Record
July 12, 2019 First Annual Lottery Week Kicks-Off July 15th
June 21, 2019 April Showers Bring Cash Prizes for Lottery Players
May 14, 2019 New Lottery Agreement with Private Operator Expected to Save NJ Up to $100M
March 19, 2019 New Jersey Lottery Million Dollar Replay $50,000 Prize to Be Reselected
February 21, 2019 NJ Senate Bill Would Allow Lottery Winners to Remain Anonymous
January 18, 2019 Governor Phil Murphy Announces Nominations to State Lottery Commission

News Archive for CY2018
December 20, 2018 New Jersey Lottery Receives La Fleur’s Magazine’s 2018 Fleurry Award for Best Advertising Video
September 7, 2018 PureRED and New Jersey Lottery Rebrand Instant Games in Multimedia Campaign Launch
July 26, 2018 New Jersey Instant Ticket Players Celebrate a Joyous June
May 11, 2018 NJ Lottery Announces New Drawing Host: Lauren Berman
May 11, 2018 Lottery Focuses on Livestreaming Midday Drawings Online: Stops Midday Drawings Television Broadcast
March 31, 2018 New Jersey Sells Only Winning Ticket for $521 Million Mega Millions Jackpot
March 9, 2018 $2.6 Million Reasons to Play Pick-6 with XTRA
February 8, 2018 New Jersey Considers Restructuring Lottery’s KENO Game
January 25, 2018 NJ Lottery Ticket Sales Plummeted Last Year, Breaking a Seven-Year Winning Streak
December 29, 2017 NJ Lottery Director Hedinger Announces Retirement

News Archive for CY2017
August 22, 2017 New Jersey OK’s New Quick Draw Game
August 16, 2017 NJ Lottery Pulls Poker Game Three Days After Launch
August 1, 2017 Lawmaker Seeks to Block the NJ Lottery from Introducing Quick Draw Keno
July 13, 2017 New Jersey Lottery Expands Player Base; Quick Draw Now at 400 N.J. Bars and Restaurants
July 13, 2017 Quick Draw Has Launched in New Jersey!
July 13, 2017 Mercer County Resident Ragazzo Re-elected as Chairman of New Jersey State Lottery Commission
June 29, 2017 Fantasy Sports Bill Clears NJ Legislature
July 1, 2017 Lottery Remains Operational During State Closure
April 19, 2017 NJ Lottery Will Have New Quick Draw Game Every 5 Minutes
April 18, 2017 The New Jersey Lottery is Adding Quick Draw, an Exciting New Game Style to Its Product Lineup
April 10, 2017 New Jersey Governor Seeking Support for Lottery Proposal
March 21, 2017 New Jersey Lottery Director Carole Hedinger Receives Industry Lifetime Achievement Award
March 3, 2017 Governor Suggests the State Transfer the Lottery to Public Pensions to Provide a Dedicated Source of Revenue
February 25, 2017 N.J. Legalization Sets the Stage for Third-Party Companies to Sell Lottery Tickets Online
February 11, 2017 New Jersey Law First to Legalize Lottery Courier Services
February 6, 2017 Governor Signs Legislation to Allow for Lottery Tickets to be Delivered by Courier

News Archive for CY2016
December 22, 2016 New Jersey Lottery Beneficiaries Receive Record-Breaking Contribution for Fiscal Year 2016
December 8, 2016 New Jersey Residents Could Have a New Way to Buy Lottery Tickets
October 13, 2016 Retroactive Tax on Lottery Winnings Unfair
September 30, 2016 Jersey Cash 5 Players Can Now Add XTRA to Their Purchase and Multiply Prizes
September 27, 2016 Court Ruling Curbs Taxation of Lottery Winnings
September 1, 2016 Northstar NJ, NJ Lottery & IGT Staff Volunteer at Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey
July 28, 2016 The First 10X Multiplier in Pick-6 XTRA Game History
July 25, 2016 Mercer County Resident Re-elected as Chairman of New Jersey State Lottery Commission
July 13, 2016 New Jersey Starts Collecting More Tax Upfront From Lottery Winners
May 27, 2016 More than One Billion Dollars Paid Out to New Jersey Lottery Instant Ticket Players this Year
May 12, 2016 Princeton Ad Agency Honoured for Lottery Spot
May 9, 2016 Press Conference Held at Mercer County 7-Eleven Store that Sold the $429.6 Million POWERBALL Jackpot Winning Ticket
May 8, 2016 Record-Breaking $429.6 Million POWERBALL Jackpot Winning Ticket Sold by New Jersey Lottery Retailer
January 8, 2016 New Lottery Deal Sees Revenue Targets Reduced by $1 Billion
January 4, 2016 Save-to-Win Bill Would Allow Credit Unions, Banks Hold Raffles

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