New Jersey Lottery Information

New Jersey Lottery information and prize details for NJ lotto games such as Pick-6, Jersey Cash 5, Pick-4, Pick-3, Quick Draw, 5 Card Cash, Powerball, Mega Millions and Cash4Life.


New Jersey Drawing Schedule

Find out all the details about when drawings are held and how late you can buy your tickets:

NJ Lottery Draw Schedule
Game Draw Days Draw Times* Ticket Sales Close At*
Powerball Wednesday & Saturday 10:59 PM 9:59 PM
Mega Millions Tuesday & Friday 11:00 PM 10:45 PM
Cash4Life Monday & Thursday 9:00 PM 8:45 PM
Pick-6 Monday & Thursday 7:57 PM 7:53 PM
Jersey Cash 5 Daily 7:57 PM 7:53 PM
Pick-4 Daily 12:59 PM & 7:57 PM 12:53 PM & 7:53 PM
Pick-3 Daily 12:59 PM & 7:57 PM 12:53 PM & 7:53 PM
Quick Draw Daily Every 4 minutes -
5 Card Cash Daily 7:57 PM -
*Times are shown in EST.

Game Information

The New Jersey Lottery offers great local games in addition to the Powerball and Mega Millions lotteries.

Cash4Life is offered by the New Jersey Lottery as well as the lotteries of New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The game gives players the chance to win up to $1,000 a day for life in addition to a number of other prizes. Tickets cost $2 each and players can choose to play between one and five games or schedule entries for eight advance drawings at the time of their purchase. Players pick five numbers from 1 to 60 as well as a Cash Ball from 1 to 4. Cash4Life drawings take place at 9:00 PM EST on Mondays and Thursdays.

Pick-6 with XTRA is a popular draw game that offers great jackpots to New Jersey lottery fans. The jackpot starts at $2 million and will roll over and increase in value until a player matches all six main numbers drawn to win the top prize. Find out more on the Pick-6 page.

Jersey Cash 5 is the NJ daily draw game with a jackpot starting at $75,000, plus XTRA and Instant Match options for even more excitement. Full details on the Jersey Cash 5 page.

Pick-4 with FIREBALL is the NJ draw game that delivers bigger prizes twice daily! See the Pick-4 page for details.

Pick-3 with FIREBALL is the NJ jackpot game with drawings twice a day and more $300 winners than all other Jersey draw games combined! Learn more on the Pick-3 page.

Quick Draw is a fast-paced game with drawings every four minutes, so players can win up to $100,000 more than 200 times a day! Add the BULLSEYE option for even bigger prizes and more ways to win. Details on the Quick Draw page.

5 Card Cash is the New Jersey poker game with two ways to win on every hand - Win Now and Win Tonight! Add ALL IN to Win Now for even bigger prizes and the chance to hit a progressive jackpot! Find out more about this exciting NJ draw game on the 5 Card Cash page.

Fast Play Progressive is Jersey's fastest way to play, with a selection of quick play style games to choose from, all contributing to a jackpot that starts at 10,000 and keeps rolling until someone wins it! Learn more on the Fast Play Progressive page.

Instant Match Could Make You an Instant Winner

Love winning, but waiting ... not so much? For the chance to win immediately without all that waiting around for the draw, go for the Instant Match option. For an extra $1, you could win up to $500 instantly!

You'll get a ticket with three Instant Match numbers. If just one of your game numbers (Pick-3, Pick-4, or Jersey Cash 5) matches any Instant Match number in any order or position, you win the cash prize printed on the ticket right on the spot!

And that's not all - you can win multiple times on one ticket, depending on which game you play! Pick-3: win up to three times per ticket. Pick-4: win up to four times per ticket. Jersey Cash 5: win up to five times per ticket.

Instant Match is available for midday and evening draws but is not available with Quick Pick or multiple wagers on one ticket. The odds of winning any Instant Match prize are approximately one in seven.

New Jersey Instant Match Prizes and Odds of Winning
Prize* Odds of Winning Winners per 150,000**
$2 1 in 10 15,000
$5 1 in 37 4,054
$10 1 in 65 2,308
$20 1 in 200 750
$50 1 in 2,000 150
$100 1 in 25,000 6
$500 1 in 75,000 2
*Odds of winning any Instant Match prize are approximately one in seven.
**Total winners per 150,000: 22,270.

History of the New Jersey Lottery

The New Jersey Lottery has been making dreams come true for lucky winners since its first ticket was sold on December 16th, 1970. In March 1971, a lucky couple from West Caldwell won the first Millionaire drawing. In May 1999, the New Jersey Lottery joined The Big Game, a multi-state lottery which later became Mega Millions, and began selling Powerball tickets in 2010.

Proceeds from ticket sales directly benefit educational institutions, small businesses, veterans' services and other valuable initiatives. Since the inception of the New Jersey Lottery, over $22 billion has been allocated for worthy causes throughout the Garden State. When you play games like Pick 6, Mega Millions and Powerball, everyone in New Jersey is a winner!

Buying Tickets

New Jersey residents can buy lottery tickets from official retailers across the state. Most businesses will have signs indicating that tickets can be purchased in-store.

If you live in another State or overseas and would like to buy New Jersey Lottery tickets, then you will need to travel to New Jersey and buy tickets from an authorized retailer. Why not take it as an opportunity to visit Atlantic City as well?

Rules

Playing New Jersey Lottery games is a lot of fun, but you need to be at least 18 years old to take part.

Claiming Prizes

Claiming prizes comes with its own set of rules. If you win any amount up to $599.50, you should be able to redeem it at an authorized New Jersey Lottery retailer. Have you won over $600? Congrats! You'll need to fill out a claim form if you want to redeem it and get your winnings, and if you're lucky enough to win over $5,000 then you'll be subject to federal withholding taxes on the amount, which will affect the size of your check. If you win more than $10,000, the prize will also be subject to a state tax of three percent.