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Published on: April 26, 2010 09:32 AM
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New Jersey - When you play the lottery, you play to win big but Fox 5 News found some games where you’ll never hit the jackpot. For instance, the New Jersey Lottery’s “Bingo Times 10” (NJ Lottery game #876) says right on the card the top prize is $150,000, but there is currently NO way to win it.

When Fox 5 News reporter Andrea Day went to buy one of the tickets in a shop in New Jersey we were told, “Good Luck!” But no amount of luck would help win the jackpot because it’s already gone. In fact, the ticket we bought had no way to win $150,000, zero chance to win $50,000 and no chance at even $10,000 because those prizes had been won already.

And Fox 5 uncovered many other NJ lottery tickets for sale that had jackpots that were already gone, but the tickets were still being sold.

It may seem unfair and totally shocking to sell tickets with no jackpots, but the fact is, it’s NOT a big secret. The New Jersey Lottery posts detailed information about every scratch-off game. So you can find out exactly what prizes have been won on a scratch off before you buy it. And if you play it’s a good idea to check it out because Fox 5 News found many games posted on the New Jersey Lottery site that show zero jackpots remaining.

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So why are they still selling the tickets?

A spokesperson for the New Jersey lottery tells Fox 5 News, once the top prize is gone they tell retailers not to open any new rolls of tickets, instead send unused packs back to the New Jersey Lottery. But retailers are permitted to sell the rest of a roll that is already open.

The New Jersey Lottery spokesperson also tells us, on the games we found there may not be any top tier prizes left, but there are still chances to win some of the smaller prizes.

In New York the system works better for scratch-off game players. The big difference, a New York Lottery spokesperson tells Fox 5 News that once the top prize is gone in any game, New York Lottery sends a message to retailers through lottery computers to immediately stop selling the game, and that includes rolls that are already opened. Agents also go from store to store and actually pull the tickets off the shelves.

NJ Lottery Statement:

“Two years ago… the New Jersey Lottery reviewed its instant ticket program and made procedural changes to ensure that the distribution of tickets ceases upon the claiming of the final winning top-tier ticket in an instant game. Additionally, we altered our website and enhanced our 800 number to better aid our players in their review of our games prior to purchase. In keeping with industry best practices, our website is updated daily to reflect the claiming of top- and upper-tier tickets, that same information is available through reports our retailers can print out at their store for their customers, and players can program our 800 number—1-800-222-0996—into their phones so they can even call us when they’re standing in line.”


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 Apr 26, 2010 at 09:44 AM Anonymous Says:

If I would have done this I would have been arrested & given a life sentence but when the govt. Steals its OK

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 Apr 26, 2010 at 09:53 AM lost a lot of money Says:

And I think there's no chance of wining even $5. I buy these tickets every week and in the past 4 month I didn't win more then $2. Its one big scandal!

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 Apr 26, 2010 at 09:54 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

If I would have done this I would have been arrested & given a life sentence but when the govt. Steals its OK

Exactly, also gambling is illegal but lottery is ok. HYPOCRYTHS!!!!

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 Apr 26, 2010 at 09:56 AM dweck Says:

love that new jersey............

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 Apr 26, 2010 at 10:02 AM Anonymous Says:

Any way you go it's not fair. Even prior to having had someone win the top tier prize. If say for example, the top tier winning ticket is in a bodega in the Bronx, which I never go to, and I buy my ticket in Boro Park, is there any possibility in the world that I could win that prize? Screwey!!

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 Apr 26, 2010 at 10:04 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

If I would have done this I would have been arrested & given a life sentence but when the govt. Steals its OK

Exactly. Who's committing fraud this time?

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 Apr 26, 2010 at 10:46 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Any way you go it's not fair. Even prior to having had someone win the top tier prize. If say for example, the top tier winning ticket is in a bodega in the Bronx, which I never go to, and I buy my ticket in Boro Park, is there any possibility in the world that I could win that prize? Screwey!!

If its yours to win hashem yisburach will take u to the bronx for some odd reason or he will bring ticket to BP. I once sat on a airplane to California that was delayed out of boredom I checked the pocket in front of me and found a lottery ticket when I came back to NY I checked it and it was a winning ticket

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 Apr 26, 2010 at 11:18 AM curiosity Says:

#4...are you the one who was involved in the nj scandles and rabbis?

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 Apr 26, 2010 at 11:48 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

Any way you go it's not fair. Even prior to having had someone win the top tier prize. If say for example, the top tier winning ticket is in a bodega in the Bronx, which I never go to, and I buy my ticket in Boro Park, is there any possibility in the world that I could win that prize? Screwey!!

Yeah, but there's just as much of a chance that that winning ticket is in BP as it is in the Bronx. Of course, if it is in the Bronx, then you can't win it. But if it's in BP and you buy the "wrong" ticket then you also can't win it.

It's obviously somewhere. If G-d wants it to happen, then surely He'll work out that you buy the right ticket.

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 Apr 26, 2010 at 01:11 PM Anonymous Says:

hah! its like selling someone a ticket for a raffle after the drawing has been done. what a scam!

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 Apr 26, 2010 at 01:19 PM The Truth Says:

Its all a scam, but everyone knows that not all tickets are winners, but they still continue to buy them, hoping that THIS ticket will be the winner. The odds are the same, whether or not the jackpot has been won yet or not.

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 Apr 26, 2010 at 02:18 PM Anonymous Says:

If they stop selling the tickets after the jackpot has been won, it actually INCREASES the odds of winning the big prizes. If there are a million tickets printed, the odds of winning are 1,000,000:1. If they stop selling the tickets after they've sold 300,000 because the jackpot was hit, then the odds just shot up to 300,000:1. You don't know what the odds will be until the jackpot is won, though. But, if you're buying a ticket to begin with, then you're willing to take the odds no matter what they are.

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 Apr 26, 2010 at 02:44 PM Anonymous Says:

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lost a lot of money Says:

And I think there's no chance of wining even $5. I buy these tickets every week and in the past 4 month I didn't win more then $2. Its one big scandal!

so its time to stop to buy........

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 Apr 26, 2010 at 02:44 PM Milhouse Says:

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Anonymous Says:

If they stop selling the tickets after the jackpot has been won, it actually INCREASES the odds of winning the big prizes. If there are a million tickets printed, the odds of winning are 1,000,000:1. If they stop selling the tickets after they've sold 300,000 because the jackpot was hit, then the odds just shot up to 300,000:1. You don't know what the odds will be until the jackpot is won, though. But, if you're buying a ticket to begin with, then you're willing to take the odds no matter what they are.

That is completely wrong, and if you stop to think about it for a moment you will realise what nonsense you just wrote. Pulling the tickets after the jackpot has been won doesn't affect the odds before it was won. Effect cannot precede cause.

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 Apr 26, 2010 at 04:47 PM The Truth Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

If they stop selling the tickets after the jackpot has been won, it actually INCREASES the odds of winning the big prizes. If there are a million tickets printed, the odds of winning are 1,000,000:1. If they stop selling the tickets after they've sold 300,000 because the jackpot was hit, then the odds just shot up to 300,000:1. You don't know what the odds will be until the jackpot is won, though. But, if you're buying a ticket to begin with, then you're willing to take the odds no matter what they are.

So according to your logic, if the first ticket sold was the winning ticket, the odds are 1:1???

Actually, the odds are 1,000,000:1 irrespective of how many tickets are sold - they print 1,000,000 tickets of which 1 is a winner.

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 Apr 26, 2010 at 06:21 PM Shmuel Says:

Reply to #2  
lost a lot of money Says:

And I think there's no chance of wining even $5. I buy these tickets every week and in the past 4 month I didn't win more then $2. Its one big scandal!

And yet you keep buying.

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 Apr 26, 2010 at 06:43 PM Anonymous Says:

More proof that the Lottery is for people who failed Math.

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 Apr 26, 2010 at 09:12 PM Anonymous Says:

You're more likely to win the jackpot by digging for buried treasure in your backyard.

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 Apr 26, 2010 at 10:09 PM smarty pants Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

If I would have done this I would have been arrested & given a life sentence but when the govt. Steals its OK

i once saw a bumper sticker that reads "don't steal the government doesn't like competition"

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 Apr 28, 2010 at 12:41 PM Actuary Says:

Actually, the odds r not always 1:1000000. Every ticket sold without winning the jackpot will increase the odds of the remaining tickets. Once it's gone, the odds become zero obviously. The whole thing kind of smells because if the first ticket happened to win, the state would lose a mint off that game. The government should not take that risk no matter what the odds are. They probably fix the position of the jackpot. Stick with Megamillions and other drawing games. No fraud at least... (and they talk about Goldman Sachs, the hypocrites)

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 02:39 AM Shane Byan Says:

New Jersey lottery provides a very good chance to win the big but it is depend on the good luck. Lottery is the good one but the gambling is illegal .So there is a need to prevent the gambling.
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lottery permit

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