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New Jersey Lottery General Information

The New Jersey Lottery plays four state drawn games - Pick 3 (with midday and evening draws), Pick 4 (with midday and evening draws), Jersey Cash 5, and Pick 6 Lotto. Plus, two multiple-state games - Powerball and Mega Millions. Compared to other states, the New Jersey Lottery offers a large variety of lottery games.

New Jersey Lottery live drawings are open to the public. Also, draws can be viewed at New Jersey Lottery drawing streaming video page.

This page is a quick reference, or a summary of the most relevant information contained in the New Jersey Lottery web site. Links to details are provided for more pertinent information.

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New Jersey Lotteries Drawing Days and Times

The following table lists the drawing schedule of all New Jersey lottery games. Drawing times are local and approximate.

GameDraw DaysDraw Time
Pick 3 DayEveryday1 p.m
Pick 3 EveningEveryday8 p.m
Pick 4 DayEveryday1 p.m
Pick 4 EveningEveryday8 p.m
Jersey Cash 5Everyday8 p.m
Pick 6 LottoMonday and Thursday8 p.m.
Mega MillionsTuesday and Friday11 p.m
PowerballWednesday and Saturday11 p.m.


New Jersey Lottery Games - Types, Top Prizes, Odds

The following is a compact summary of each New Jersey lottery game. It includes a brief description of how to play a game, the top prizes/jackpots, and the odds of winning the top prize. You can click on a game name for detailed information.

GameHow to PlayTop PrizeTop Prize Odds
Pick 3Select 3-digits 000 to 999Pari-mutuel1 in 1,000

Pick 4Select 4-digits 0000 to 9999

Pari-mutuel1 in 10,000
Jersey Cash 5Select 5 numbers, 1 through 40

Pari-mutuel, Rollover1 in 658,008
Pick 6 LottoSelect 6 numbers, 1 through 49

$2,000,000+
Rollover, Pari-mutuel
1 in 13,983,816
Mega MillionsSelect 5 numbers, 1 through 56
+ 1 Megaball number, 1 through 46
$12,000,000
Rollover, Pari-mutuel
1 in 175,711,536
PowerballSelect 5 numbers, 1 through 59
+ 1 Powerball number, 1 through 39
$20,000,000 +
Rollover, Pari-mutuel
1 in 195,249,054

Top prizes listed with "rollover" are the starting amount. The Jackpot prizes will grow after every draw until someone wins. Pari-mutuel prize structure means players' winnings are determined by dividing the prize pool allocated for that winning category by the number of winners.

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New Jersey Lottery General Rules and Regulations

The following are the most prominent rules and regulations that the player should be aware of before playing the New Jersey lottery games.

  • New Jersey Lottery players must be 18 years of age or older.
  • It is the player’s responsibility to check his or her ticket to make sure it represents the correct game, draw date, numbers requested and has a visible bar code or serial number
  • The ticket, not the playslip, is the only valid proof of your number selection, and it is the only valid receipt to claim a prize.
  • A ticket is a bearer instrument. It is recommended that the ticket be signed at the time of purchase.
  • The New Jersey Lottery is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets. Tickets are void and will not be paid if determined stolen, unissued, illegible, mutilated, altered in whole or part, misregistered, defective, incomplete, printed or produced in error, multiply-printed.
  • Please see also the New Jersey Lottery Legislation.


Claiming Prizes of the New Jersey Lottery

Here are the steps you have to follow if you are a lucky winner of any New Jersey lottery,

  • Winning tickets must be claimed within 1 year of the winning draw date on the ticket. Prizes unclaimed after one year are forfeited. By law, a minimum of 30% of the amount must return to the State as revenue.
  • Any Lottery prize may be claimed in person or by mail.
  • First, sign the back of your ticket immediately. Then take it to any New Jersey Lottery Retailer for validation.
  • If your prize is worth $599.50 or less, you can receive your winnings in cash at any New Jersey Lottery Retailer.
  • If your prize is over $599.50, you can claim it at your New Jersey Lottery Retailer or at New Jersey Lottery Headquarters. However, you must fill out a claim form and your winnings will be reported to the Internal Revenue Service. It takes approximately three weeks to receive a check from the New Jersey Lottery. Proper identification for tax purposes must be presented at the time of the claim.
  • For out of state winners only, download, fill out and print a Claim Form and instructions. The NJ Lottery also suggests that you make a copy of your Claim Form and the tickets (front & back) in the rare event of a delay or loss in the mail. Staple your signed tickets to the Claim Form. Enclose the Claim Form and tickets in an envelope and mail to:
    NEW JERSEY LOTTERY COMMISSION
    P.O. BOX 041
    TRENTON , NJ 08625-0041 
    
  • The Federal Energy Policy Act of 1992, section 1942, requires the New Jersey Lottery to withhold a minimum 25% of all prize payments to any Lottery winner who has won more than $5,000 on any Lottery wager. At the end of the year, the winner will receive a W2-G form to properly credit the withholding as a tax payment on their federal income tax form.
  • Winners who do not possess a social security number are subject to a 30% federal income tax deduction on any prize over $599.50.
  • the New Jersey Lottery is required to withhold 3% State taxes from all Lottery winnings over $10,000.
  • For further information, please see the New Jersey lottery How to Claim Prizes page.
    You may also be interested in Tax Requirements for NJ Lottery Prizes.

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Where do the New Jersey Lottery profits go?

Approximately 34.5 cents of every dollar spent on the New Jersey Lottery goes to the state to benefit organizations and programs in the state. Psychiatric hospitals and homes for the developmentally disabled, veterans homes, community colleges, independent colleges and universities, school construction and renovation projects, school for the Deaf, non-public schools, higher education scholarship and grant programs are just a few of the organizations and programs whose constituencies benefit from Lottery proceeds.

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Information on Each New Jersey Lottery Game

Further information on each New Jersey lottery lottery game such as how to play, how to win, prizes, etc., is available on this site at the following pages.


Disclaimer

US-Lotteries.com is not in any way affiliated with the New Jersey Lottery. The information listed here is just a summary of important facts extracted from New Jersey Lottery web site. The main purpose of US-Lotteries.com is to present statistics and analysis of winning numbers, plus, online tools and calculators such as wheels and combinations generators. Click below to see the contents of the tools available for each game.

Pick 3     Pick 4     Jersey Cash 5     Pick 6 Lotto     Mega Millions     Powerball

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New Jersey lottery Games Data and Analysis Menu
Pick 3
- Pick 3 Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Boxes(Combos)
- Triples
- Digits Analysis
- Straights Analysis
- Boxes Analysis
- Pairs
- Sums
- Combinations Generator
- Game Info
Pick 4
- Pick 4 Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Boxes(Combos)
- Quadruplets
- Digits Analysis
- Straights Analysis
- Boxes Analysis
- Pairs
- Sums
- Combinations Generator
- Game Info
Jersey Cash 5
- Jersey Cash 5 Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Numbers Analysis
- Pairs Analysis
- Triads Analysis
- Check Combinations
- Full Wheel
- Abbreviated Wheel
- Game Info
Pick 6 Lotto
- Pick 6 Lotto Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Numbers Analysis
- Pairs Analysis
- Triads Analysis
- Check Combinations
- Full Wheel
- Abbreviated Wheel
- Game Info
Mega Millions
- Mega Millions Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Numbers Analysis
- Pairs Analysis
- Number-Ball Pair Analysis
- Check Combinations
- Full Wheel
- Abbreviated Wheel
- Game Info
Powerball
- Powerball Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Numbers Analysis
- Pairs Analysis
- Number-Ball Pair Analysis
- Check Combinations
- Full Wheel
- Abbreviated Wheel
- Game Info

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