NJ Lottery officials still investigating cause of massive outage
The exact cause and circumstances of a five-day outage that blocked nearly half of New Jersey's lottery retailers from selling printed tickets like Pick 3 and Mega Millions earlier this month are still a mystery, but a few determinations are unanimous.
The blackout, although anomalous, was unacceptable, may have been detected sooner and should have been handled better, state officials and executives from Northstar New Jersey, the group responsible for the lottery's sales and marketing, said a ...
Aug 20, 2015, 8:27 pm - Lottery News forum
N.J. lottery drawing games offline across the state over the weekend
Half of all lottery retailers across New Jersey were not been able to issue any tickets from Friday night through Monday as a result of a technical issue, a state Treasury spokesman confirmed Monday.
The problem was touched off by a scheduled system upgrade Friday, according to an email from Treasury spokesman Chris Santarelli.
The glitch interfered with retailer shops' ability to print out ticket for draw games, such as the Pick 3, Pick 4 and the Jersey Cash 5, and Cash4Life. Instant game ...
Aug 4, 2015, 7:47 am - Lottery News forum
NJ store owner returns lost $2M lottery ticket
A cynical person might say that the odds of meeting a truly honest person are the same as winning the lottery. But at one Rutherford convenience store, you'll find the odds are good of finding both a winning ticket and an honest store owner, who returned a winning scratch-off with a $2 million jackpot to a regular customer after it ended up unclaimed in the garbage.
Owner Yogi Patel and his wife Vilsa own Leprechaun News on Park Avenue by the traffic circle. Nestled between a bank and a parki ...
Jul 17, 2015, 1:15 pm - Lottery News forum
N.J. lawmaker proposes a lottery to pay off student loans
A New Jersey lawmaker says the state should try something novel to help people climb out of all that debt from their college days: set up a lottery in which the winning tickets pay off student loans.
State Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester) on Monday introduced legislation (A4631) that would make New Jersey the first state in the country to establish a lottery in which the winnings would go exclusively to college debt.
Any vehicle that could provide some relief it seems to me it ...
Jul 7, 2015, 11:27 am - Lottery News forum
NJ lottery winner is loser after prize seized
When is a $10,000 lottery winner a loser? When the funds used to purchase the $10,000 winning ticket are from a ticket the winner allegedly stole.
That s what David G. Rukhadze, 23, a borough resident, learned after he tried to collect a $10,000 prize on an instant lottery ticket after he allegedly used the $20 winnings from a stolen ticket to buy the winning one.
Around 1 p.m. June 5, Officer Sean Flanagan responded to the Acme Market, 125 Bound Brook Road, for a report of a theft of New ...
Jun 13, 2015, 6:31 am - Lottery News forum
NJ foursome claims $40M Powerball jackpot
By Todd Northrop
A 10-year tradition of family Friday-night pizza continues long after the children have grown up and gone on with their own lives. The parents remain loyal to the tradition and to the friendship that the four couples have cultivated through the years.
The group still meets and pools their money to buy weekly Powerball and Mega Millions tickets just as they've regularly done.
Now, those relationships have been bonded even stronger by good fortune and a $40,000,000 Powerb ...
May 14, 2015, 12:46 pm - Lottery News forum
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