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New Jersey first put the idea of a lottery to vote in 1969 where the received an unexpected approval rating of 81.5% in favour of the State Lottery Act. The vote itself made history since it was the largest one in political history for New Jersey. A year later the first lottery ticket was released to the public with Governor William T. Cahill purchasing the first ticket. At that time there were more than 2,000 retailers across the state who sold lottery tickets.

Since 1969, the New Jersey Lottery has become the states fourth largest revenue producer with over $2.4 billion in net sales during the year 2006. From this revenue they were able to provide over $844 million to assist the state in funding education and institutions. An additional $15.6 billion has been provided over the last 30 years to help fund such programs as the Department of Human Services, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the School Nutrition Program, and the Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf.

In June 2001 the New Jersey Lottery made headlines when a ticket sold in Bergen County for the Big Game was about to expire. Two days prior to the ticket being declared invalid Melvin Milligan of Passaic County walked into the headquarters to claim his $46 million dollar jackpot.

Pick-6

Pick-6 is one of the first numbers game created by the New Jersey Lottery with jackpots starting at $2,000,000 and increasing every time a draw goes without a winner being declared.

To play Pick-6 players will need to choose six numbers from 1 and 49. You can either choose these numbers yourself or ask the clerk for a quick pick to have the lottery terminal randomly select them for you. Each ticket costs $1 and players can choose to play up to five games on one ticket and/or purchase their tickets in advance.

The jackpot is won by matching all six of your numbers with the nu8mbers drawn by the lottery.

Jersey Cash 5

Jersey Cash 5 is an online jackpot game with a state-wide progressive jackpot. This means if a winner is not declared during a draw the prize will be rolled over to the next weeks draw increasing the prize pool available to be won.

To play this game simply choose five numbers from 1 through 40. You can play up to five games on one ticket, with each line costing $1. If you match all five numbers on your ticket with the numbers drawn you will win the jackpot.

Instant Match

The New Jeresy lottery offers both Pick 3 and Pick 4 games. In addition to these daily number games you can play the instant match game where you can win up to $500 instantly. To play you will need to purchase a Pick 3 or Pick 4 lottery ticket and ask the lottery clerk for an Instant match. The Instant Match will cost you an additional $1 on top of your original wager. The Green Machine will than select your Instant Match number randomly.

Winning an Instant match is easy. Match any of your Pick 3 or Pick 4 numbers with any of the Instant Match number and you’re an instant winner. The prize you win will be printed on your lottery ticket and can be claimed immediately. Your odds at winning any prize are as low as 1 in 7 and depending on which of the two Pick games you play you can win $2 up to $500.

Players should note that once and Instant Match has been added to the Pick 3 or Pick 4 ticket it cannot be cancelled.

Second Chance Drawings

Second Chance Drawings allow players to enter their non-winning Lottery Bonus Zone scratch off tickets for an extra chance to win a prize. Players will need to mail three tickets to the lottery headquarters or register them on the New Jersey Lottery website for cash prizes each month.

Players Club

All players can register to become a New Jersey Lottery VIP Club Member. Membership is available by going to the lottery website and filling out the online form. Once a member you will receive chances to enter the Opt-In drawings where prizes are given away each month as well as receive daily notifications of winning numbers via email. Players can also purchase their tickets online.

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