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New Jersey Lottery
Phone: (609) 599-5800
Fax: (609) 599-5935
Population: 8,707,739
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Lottery Director: James Carey
Year Lottery Founded: 1970
Gross Sales FY 2018: $3,299,702,751
Sales Per Capita: $279
Number of Employees: 150
Retailers : 7,230
On-line Vendor: GTECH
Instant Ticket Contract Pollard Banknote
Secondary Ticket Contract Scientific Games and GTECH Printing Corporation
ITVMs Interlott
Advertising: Brushfire Inc
Games Offered: Instant games, 3-digit game, 4-digit game, Pick 6, Jersey Cash 5, Mega Millions .
Beneficiaries: Education and Institutions
Jurisdiction: New Jersey, USA


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 CY2021
July 27, 2021 Powerball to Add 3rd Weekly Lottery Drawing Starting Next Month
July 27, 2021 NJ Lottery Wins Two Lottery Industry National Awards
July 15, 2021 New Jersey Lottery Announces Record Sales for Fiscal Year 2021
March 16, 2021 New Jersey Gambling Revenue Flat in February
February 25, 2021 NJ Lottery Announces Annual Audited Results; Over $1 Billion in Revenue Generated for the State
February 25, 2021 NJ Lottery Anonymity and Prize Information
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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