N.J. woman claims state's biggest-ever scratch-off jackpot
'Still in complete shock'
Lacey Katona cut short the event announcing her $5 million lottery prize this morning, calling for an end to questions on how she'd spend her windfall so that she could get to her job as a retail manager.
Katona is the first person to win $5 million, the largest prize offered, on a New Jersey Lottery instant ticket, a reality she said hasn't quite sunk in yet.
My family just feels truly blessed, she said, standing outside the Krauszer's Food Mart where she bou ...
Mar 9, 2015, 5:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery tickets could soon be delivered to your home in N.J.
Itching to buy a lottery ticket but can't leave the house? Have one delivered.
At least that's the idea behind a bill state Assemblyman John Burzichelli has introduced.
The measure (A4018) would allow courier services to deliver New Jersey lottery tickets throughout the state. Burzichelli (D-Gloucester) said similar services are common in Europe.
If you're either too busy or can't get out of the house, you can make arrangements, he said.
Currently, New Jersey lottery players can buy ...
Mar 3, 2015, 9:01 am - Lottery News forum
Dozens of 'dead people' collected NJ lottery prizes last year
Nearly four dozen New Jersey lottery winners collected their prizes with false Social Security numbers belonging to dead people, according to an audit of the state lottery system.
The audit also found that the lottery missed out on recovering $890,000 that winners owed in taxes and other obligations for the fiscal year that ended last June.
The report, released Wednesday, said 680 people who won at least $600 presented potentially invalid IDs from July 2013 to July 2014.
People are requ ...
Feb 19, 2015, 4:32 pm - Lottery News forum
NJ Lottery adds 'Xtra' feature to Pick 6 game
Includes video report
New Jersey Lottery players now have the opportunity to increase their non-jackpot prizes by up to five times on the long-time favorite game, Pick 6, with the addition of the new Xtra feature.
Players may purchase their Pick 6 tickets with Xtra for an additional $1 per play beginning on Jan. 13 for the Jan. 15 drawing.
Pick 6 Xtra increases the game's base prize amounts by a randomly selected multiplier number during the Pick 6 Xtra draw. The purchase of Xtra will a ...
Jan 13, 2015, 1:42 pm - Lottery News forum
NJ lottery winners still receiving welfare, food stamps, audit says
An audit sniffing out fraud in New Jersey's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program detected 66 lottery winners who were perhaps too lucky. They were all welfare and food stamps beneficiaries who had each won more than $10,000, including one person who had been collecting $1,000 a week from the Win for Life scratch-off game prior to 2009.
Ten other winners netted more than $100,000 in lottery proceeds from 2011 to 2013. All of them were still collecting food stamps this year, according to t ...
Dec 6, 2014, 2:52 pm - Lottery News forum
NJ Lottery investigating retailer lottery ticket 'discounting' practices
Some people seem to have all the luck. And in New Jersey, some of the luckiest people are retailers who sell lottery tickets.
Or so it appears from the New Jersey Lottery's list of winners.
An Asbury Park Press review of Lottery claims submitted since 2009 found that half of the 20 most frequent prizewinners are either licensed lottery retailers or family members of store operators.
As a group, those 10 people collected 840 prizes totaling almost $1.8 million, the Press found. About 70 ...
Dec 6, 2014, 11:30 am - Lottery News forum
First NJ Lottery Cash4Life top prize winners celebrate their win at retailer
New Jersey's first Cash4Life Top Prize winners, Joseph Ianiro and John Opaluch from Hasbrouck Heights, celebrated their win from the Nov. 13 drawing at the retail location from which the winning ticket was purchased.
The retail store owners, Anthony Bernice and Guy Bernice, became licensed lottery retailers in Feb. of 2013. They have been doing business under the store name of Heights Corner Store, located on 183 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights in Bergen County, which was previously reported as ...
Dec 4, 2014, 10:04 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. Vietnam vet wins $21M Monopoly Millionaires' Club jackpot
The New Jersey Lottery had the honor of crowning the first in the nation, Top Prize winner of the Monopoly Millionaires' Club draw game.
Wayne O'Keefe is the winner of the $21 million annuity prize from the Nov. 7th Monopoly Millionaires' Club lottery game drawing. O'Keefe matched all five numbers 01, 09, 11, 12, and 27 plus one Property Number-18 (B O Railroad), to win the prize.
O'Keefe purchased his ticket opting for the cash option and will receive $12,804,878 before taxes.
Carole H ...
Nov 14, 2014, 6:50 pm - Lottery News forum
New Jersey Lottery sells the first Monopoly Millionaires' Club jackpot winner
Triggers 14 additional $1 million prizes
By Todd Northrop
The Monopoly Millionaires' Club jackpot of $21 million was won in Friday night's drawing of the multi-state game by one ticket sold in New Jersey.
The fact that the jackpot was won triggered the award of an additional 14 $1 million winners.
One lucky player in New Jersey matched all five numbers plus one Property number in the Nov. 7 drawing, earning the ticketholder a Top Prize of $21 million. The lucky New Jersey ticket was ...
Nov 11, 2014, 11:58 am - Lottery News forum
NJ lottery winners dodge a tax bullet
A proposed extra tax on New Jerseyans' lottery winnings stalled today after it became clear it was unlikely to be approved by a key state Senate panel.
It didn't have the votes, said Senate Budget Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen).
The bill (S1767) would impose an additional 0.5 percent tax on lottery winnings of more than $600.
The money would be used to fund after school programs run by non-profit groups in municipalities where at least 40 percent of the school district's stud ...
Oct 28, 2014, 10:39 am - Lottery News forum