New Jersey woman feared 'heart attack' when she won top Cash4Life lottery prize
A New Jersey nurse who won a $1,000-a-day prize from the lottery said she had to call a fellow nurse to make sure she wasn't having a heart attack.
Dawn Jones of Trenton told New Jersey Lottery officials she entered the same numbers she always plays into the Cash4Life drawing Aug. 8 so she quickly called her daughter in to double-check when the winning numbers were announced.
Then came the silent scream, Jones said.
Jones said she called up a friend who is also a nurse to triple-check ...
Sep 23, 2016, 1:22 pm - Lottery News forum
Appeals court hands loss to New Jersey sports betting effort
A federal appeals court on Tuesday dealt another defeat to New Jersey's years long attempt to legalize sports betting, setting aside the state's legal challenge to a federal betting ban.
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling invalidated a law passed by New Jersey in 2014 that would have allowed sports betting at casinos and racetracks. The court found New Jersey's law violated the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which limits sports betting to the handful of states ...
Aug 9, 2016, 11:07 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. woman discovers year-old lottery ticket worth $472K
Yokasta Boyer of Clifton uncovered some buried treasure just before her taxes were due this year, according to officials at the New Jersey Lottery.
The busy Boyer, who has both a full-time job and a part-time job, was organizing papers and sifting through documents as she prepared her taxes this year, officials said.
Boyer found a Jersey Cash 5 lottery ticket from April 14, 2015. Taking a break from her chores, she checked the ticket number at the lottery website and couldn't believe what ...
Jul 7, 2016, 10:17 pm - Lottery News forum
N.J. increases initial state tax withholding on lottery winnings
But does not affect what winner would ultimately pay in state taxes
If someone buys a winning ticket for Friday's $540 million Mega Millions game in New Jersey, the state will be collecting more money at payout than it would have last month.
Under the new rates, winnings greater than $10,000 up to $500,000 will have 5 percent automatically withheld, and prizes above $500,000 will face an 8 percent withholding. Previously, prizes greater than $10,000 faced a withholding of 3 percent.
Jul 7, 2016, 8:53 pm - Lottery News forum
Millions in prize money never claimed by NJ lottery players
While the New Jersey Lottery pays out well over $1.8 billion in prize money each year, players lose out on tens of millions more when they fail to claim their winnings.
In just the past eight years, about $317.7 million in payouts have been forfeited by players who fail to cash in their ticket within a year as lottery rules require.
While lottery players are more diligent in some years than others, there's been at least $33.9 million forfeited every year since 2008.
Winners have a year ...
May 23, 2016, 9:14 am - Lottery News forum
NJ family of 8 claims $429.6 million Powerball lottery jackpot
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
A New Jersey woman and her seven adult children have stepped forward to claim a $429.6 million Powerball jackpot.
Eight members of the Smith family announced that they had the sole winning ticket purchased in Trenton for last Saturday's drawing. They plan to tithe 10 percent of the money to their church.
The family was guarded about their employment, to protect their privacy. Valerie Marie Arthur, the eldest daughter and a retired prison adminis ...
May 13, 2016, 4:52 pm - Lottery News forum
8 people to split $429.6 million Powerball lottery jackpot in NJ
The New Jersey Lottery has announced a press conference will be held at their headquarters Friday afternoon to introduce the winners of last week's Powerball. The press conference will be held at 3:00 p.m.
The announcement comes a little less than a week after a winning Powerball ticket was sold at a 7-11 store in Trenton, New Jersey.
Eight winners will be shareholders of that $429.6 million Powerball jackpot.
Only one ticket matched all six Powerball numbers in Saturday night's drawing ...
May 13, 2016, 10:58 am - Lottery News forum
Which lottery games do N.J. residents spend the most money on?
While Powerball and Mega Millions capture the public's attention when their jackpots soar into the hundreds of millions, it's other lottery games that pay the freight in New Jersey.
During fiscal year 2015, the New Jersey Lottery sold more than $1.7 billion in scratch-off tickets, which accounted for about 57 percent of the roughly $3 billion the lottery generated last year.
Mega Millions and Powerball, tickets for which are sold across the country, combined make up less than 11 percent of ...
May 13, 2016, 8:25 am - Lottery News forum
Police track down burglary suspects by tracing stolen lottery tickets
Police identified two New Jersey men who they say were caught on surveillance video stealing lottery tickets and jewelry from a home in Upper Pittsgrove Township last month.
The two suspects, identified as Joshua Robinson, 32, of Deptford, New Jersey and Eric Gilch, 28, of Blackwood, New Jersey broke into a home in Upper Pittsgrove back on April 12, according to investigators. The men encountered the family's dogs and started scouring the home until the homeowner noticed the men on surveillan ...
May 10, 2016, 10:56 am - Lottery News forum
One New Jersey lottery player wins $429.6 million Powerball jackpot
By Todd Northrop
It will be a Mother's Day unlike any other for one lucky New Jersey household.
One winning ticket purchased in New Jersey matched the numbers drawn on Saturday night for the multi-state Powerball jackpot for a payout estimated at $429.6 million, the eighth-largest U.S. lottery prize in history.
The winning numbers selected at 10:59 p.m. EDT were 5, 25, 26, 44, and 66, with Powerball number 9. The Power Play multiplier was 2.
According to New Jersey Lottery officials, ...
May 8, 2016, 8:58 am - Lottery News forum