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Losing NJ Lottery tickets may soon be lucrative

New Jersey LotteryNew Jersey Lottery: Losing NJ Lottery tickets may soon be lucrative

TRENTON, N.J. — Some losing New Jersey Lottery scratch-off tickets may soon become lucrative items.

New Jersey Lottery officials plan to soon roll out "Million Dollar Replay," a program that will allow scratch-off holders to enter their losing tickets into a yearly $1 million drawing.

To take part, players will have to join the lottery's VIP Club and have bought at least $10 in non-winning tickets.

The lottery will also hold quarterly drawings to pick 100 winners who will each get $250. And at year's end, 15 winners will be selected for prizes ranging from $10,000 to $1 million.

It's not yet known when the program will get under way, though details are expected to be announced sometime this spring. It stems from an agreement lottery officials made with Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, D-Turnersville.

Moriarty had sponsored legislation that would bar the selling of scratch-off tickets after the top prize had already been awarded, a plan opposed by lottery officials.

Moriarty says the program gives scratch-off holders a second chance while providing a revenue boost for the lottery.

"I have always been of the belief that it is misleading to continue selling scratch-off tickets to the public when the top prizes have already been awarded," Moriarty said. "However, lottery officials had their own concerns so we have reached what I believe is a great compromise victory for consumers."

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Posted: January 15, 2011, 3:25 pm - IP Logged

if scratch offs are truly random the very 1st ticket sold, could be the jackpot.  sure would be an expensive recall, for the lottery if they had to can the whole print run. but then as a punter i wouldnt like to buy the remaining losing tickets.

2014 winnings

JAN -$48.50;  FEB  -$77.5; MAR -$18.05;  APR -$96.05 MAY -$61.10; JUN $-85; JUL $-88.9;AUG -$144.10

yearly grand totalspent = 938.05won= 318.8-$619.25


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    Posted: January 15, 2011, 4:18 pm - IP Logged

    Sounds nice.  I'm about to join the VIP club just because I do have a few losing scratch offs, and hey, you never know.

     

    I mean, how many people would go through the trouble of doing it, and then looking at how many winners there are, it could be better odds than playing the lottery anyway.

     

    IF, for example, you did win one of the quarterly draws for $250, then you'd have a 15/400 chance of winning 10000-1 million.  My dad was telling me that back in the day, he bought a (Pick 6?) ticket that had a promotion like this.  He and like 99 other people won like 500 and a chance at a million.  He didn't get the million- but the fact that he had the chance makes me feel like there's is hope.

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      Posted: January 15, 2011, 4:55 pm - IP Logged

      Illinois has a 2nd Chance contest every so often but the entry is $30 in losing tickets, any kind, scratchers or number games.

      Yopu can fill the back of the tickets out and send them in via snail mail, or log them in on their website, but you must keep the tickets.

      When they have this promotion sales of the higher priced tickets scratchers go up, much easirt to log in three $10 ones than 30 $1 ones.

      The prizes are no where near what Nj is proposing though.

      Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

      Lep

      There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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        Posted: January 15, 2011, 5:06 pm - IP Logged

        Great idea, Michigan has the player city, you can be entered in the second chance drawing or win everything from more scratchers or tickets to sporting events concerts, it is a way to boost sales.

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          Posted: January 15, 2011, 5:07 pm - IP Logged

          Illinois has a 2nd Chance contest every so often but the entry is $30 in losing tickets, any kind, scratchers or number games.

          Yopu can fill the back of the tickets out and send them in via snail mail, or log them in on their website, but you must keep the tickets.

          When they have this promotion sales of the higher priced tickets scratchers go up, much easirt to log in three $10 ones than 30 $1 ones.

          The prizes are no where near what Nj is proposing though.

          I haevn't been playing that long, but from what I can tell, our second chance tickets usually don't pay out cash - they usually have some kind of prize like a Cruise trip.

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            Posted: January 15, 2011, 6:02 pm - IP Logged

            Great idea!  Maybe my state will adopt this too.

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              Posted: January 15, 2011, 6:30 pm - IP Logged

              I like this idea !!!  Yes Nod

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                Posted: January 15, 2011, 10:26 pm - IP Logged

                They mentioned in Spring.. They did NOT say (did they?) if they will allow tickets from before the program starts, such as those I have lying around here now. Start scooping now! What a way to get the ELE7VEN lots cleaned for free! How many winners of these drawings will be Store Owners smart enough to hide those overflowing wastebaskets behind the counter right away???

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                  Posted: January 15, 2011, 10:45 pm - IP Logged

                  They mentioned in Spring.. They did NOT say (did they?) if they will allow tickets from before the program starts, such as those I have lying around here now. Start scooping now! What a way to get the ELE7VEN lots cleaned for free! How many winners of these drawings will be Store Owners smart enough to hide those overflowing wastebaskets behind the counter right away???

                  I seriously doubt that you will be able to have multiple entries.  And it's not like you could use a fake name, when you go to claim it, they'd need ID of some sort.

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                    Posted: January 16, 2011, 1:35 am - IP Logged

                    Now that's a lottery. Give something back...to keep em coming back...!

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                      Posted: January 16, 2011, 11:39 am - IP Logged

                      that is a good news,looser also have been a chance to win a consolation prizes.

                      I Agree!

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                        Posted: January 16, 2011, 11:39 am - IP Logged

                        ...the winner wins a "date" with the drunk, plump-slob "snookie" Hippyfrom mtv "Jersey Shore".......that'd be great

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                          Posted: January 16, 2011, 9:51 pm - IP Logged

                          I've seen people picking up used scratchers out of garbage cans and parking lots.

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                            Posted: January 17, 2011, 10:14 am - IP Logged

                            Don't forget that the State of New Jersey will confiscate 10.8% of the $1,000,000

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