New Jersey - Lottery Games You Can't Win
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.
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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