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
NJ-based company exposed for making dubious claims about beating lottery
Would you pay for lottery numbers from a stranger who claims they have a secret way to beat the lottery?
If you answered yes to that question, maybe now you'll reconsider that position. A New Jersey man who claims to have a sure-fire way to beat the lottery couldn't back up those claims, and now he has refunded all his customers in Iowa and will no longer be conducting business in the state.
Iowa Attorney General spokesperson, Geoff Greenwood, says they got a tip on the schemes pushed by S ...
Apr 8, 2016, 8:40 am - Lottery News forum
NJ Lottery holds annual second-chance drawing
The New Jersey Lottery held the Grand Prize Drawing of the 2015 Million Dollar Replay program with more than 100 semi-finalists and their guests in attendance at the War Memorial in Trenton.
The Million Dollar Replay program is the final drawing event held each year to award huge prizes to holders of non-winning New Jersey Lottery tickets.
The excitement and anticipation in the room was palpable as attendees hoped their name would be drawn as the next New Jersey Lottery millionaire or reci ...
Feb 12, 2016, 7:33 pm - Lottery News forum
Lucky NJ man wins third major lottery prize
The start of the New Year appears to be a lucky time for Mike Ducker.
In the last week of December 2013, the year he started playing the lottery, he won $20,000 on a 20X Cash scratch-off ticket. Then just a couple weeks later, in January 2014, he claimed another $20,000 playing the same game.
But those cash prizes pale in comparison to the $200,000 he recently won playing the $500 Frenzy game. On Tuesday, Carole Hedinger, executive director of the New Jersey Lottery, presented Ducker, a Br ...
Jan 20, 2016, 8:09 am - Lottery News forum
NJ man goes on 10-store, 900-ticket lotto theft spree
An alleged lottery ticket thief was not lucky enough to get away with stealing 900 New Jersey Lottery tickets, let alone hit the potential $5 million jackpot, according to police.
An investigation led police to arrest Andrew Miller, 20, of Scotch Plains, on Monday, and charge him with a slew of ticket thefts, said Springfield Township Det. Lt. Judd Levenson, the department's spokesman.
Miller was found in Scotch Plains on Monday at 12:30 p.m. after Springfield police determined he had sto ...
Nov 17, 2015, 3:25 pm - Lottery News forum