New Jersey Lottery Help & Information
In November 1969 voters approved the State Lottery with an overwhelming majority vote of 81.5% as part of the state's general election. However the first ever New Jersey Lottery ticket was not sold until December 16th, 1970. The New Jersey Lottery currently runs six different lottery games of which two are the multi-state lotteries Powerball and MegaMillions. Of the current games offered by this state lottery Pick It was the first to be introduced as a daily game in May 1975. This changed in 1987 to the version available now called Pick 3.
Latest NJ Lottery Numbers & Results
Winnings over $5,000 from the New Jersey Lottery games are subject to a minimum of 25% tax although winners with no Social Security number are subject to a 30% federal income tax deduction on winnings over $599.50. Unlike many other states in the USA the New Jersey Lottery requires that players have to choose cash or annuity when playing rather than after they have won. If a player chooses the cash option when buying their tickets they cannot then change their mind however if the annuity option is taken then winners have the option to change to the cash payment.
Pick 6 Lotto
The main Lottery from the state that is only played in New Jersey is known as Pick 6 Lotto and the numbers are drawn for this lottery every Monday and Thursday evening. The game started in May 1980 and original had a 6/36 matrix. This is increased to a 6/39 in June 1984, to a 6/42 in February 1986 and a 6/46 in January 1989 before the current matrix was introduced in September 2000.
The current matrix for this game is 6/49 and Pick 6 Lotto has a total of four prize tiers; match 6, match 5, match 4 and match 3. The match 3 prize tier is the only static prize. The minimum jackpot to be offered by the New Jersey Pick 6 Lotto is $2 million but has been known to be over $45 million. The prize odds for Pick 6 are as follows:
|Prize Level||Odds of Winning||Prize amount|
|Match 6||1 in 13,983,816||Jackpot|
|Match 5||1 in 54,201||$2,700 (approx.)|
|Match 4||1 in 1,032||$56 (approx.)|
|Match 3||1 in 57||$3 (approx.)|
Powerball and Megamillions
In May 2002 the New Jersey Lottery replaced the "Big Game" by joining Mega Millions. When the MUGL allowed state lotteries to sell both multi-state lotteries New Jersey started selling Powerball tickets in January 2010.
How to Play Online
The only one of the New Jersey Lottery games available to purchase online aside from the large multi-state lotteries Powerball and Megamillions if you are outside of the state is the Pick 6 Lotto. Purchasing these New Jersey Lottery tickets used to be restricted to players only in New Jersey but by signing up to the concierge service you two can participate in the game.
Registering an account takes no time at all and you can buy five lines of tickets at one time for Pick 6 Lotto, this varies for Powerball and Megamillions. You also have the choice of buying for a multiple number of draws; one, five, ten, twenty-five or fifty-two draws are the options available. Once you have selected and purchased your tickets you will be able to view a scanned copy of your lottery game ticket within your account within 24 hours.
If you are a winner with your chosen numbers then the concierge service will send you an email with details of the amount won – it really is that easy to play Pick 6 Lotto, Powerball and Megamillions with the New Jersey Lottery online.
- The biggest jackpot to be won on the New Jersey Pick 6 Lotto was in February 2001 when a couple, James and Eileen Ruth from Union County scooped a jackpot worth a staggering $48.9 million.
- The first ever Pick 6 Lotto millionaire was created in May 1981 when Manuel Collada of Hillside, New Jersey netted himself a $1.8 million jackpot.
- September 1998 saw the New Jersey Lottery extend the annuity structure with payments now being drawn out over 25 years.
- The first ever top prize winner for the MegaMillions game for the New Jersey Lottery was Sundel Judson who won a $165 million prize on the multi-state lottery.