New Jersey Lottery announces return of New Year's Raffle after 13 years

sully16's avatar - sharan

I love raffles, good luck New Jersey players.Hyper

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I am super excited about this.  I've really missed the holiday raffles in NJ.  Nice that the top prize is now $2 million.

Think's avatar - lightbulb
In response to sully16

I tend to doubt that Michigan will bring back raffles because Fast Cash is very similar to them.

BTW Mega Millions and PowerBall are getting to be pretty similar to raffles too with the rollovers lasting about as many months as raffles tend to take.

In response to Todd

NJ definitely deserves this raffle.


To the players who win more than $599 on this revised raffle, prepare to wait and wait and wait to get paid. The Jersey Lottery is now advising players on its web-site to expect it to take six weeks to receive a check in the mail AFTER filing a winning claim. Actually it probably takes longer. Also, the Lottery Office in Trenton is available for players to file a claim by appointment only to big winners and open just two days a week until 4:30 p.m. They use the pandemic as an excuse, but even before the 2020 it was taking about four to six weeks to get a check because the N.J. Lottery is run by a private company and obliviously the company can't issue checks from the state. There is a lag time as the two entities work to fulfill claims. But at least back then the office was open every business day, even to walk-ins, and worked on all claims no matter how small. Of course, it is good to win and whenever the money the money arrives it comes in handy, but why can't the NJ Lottery be like New York where you can actually get paid in cash even for large wins at its Casinos? I hit the New Jersey lottery in early 2020 for $5,000 on Play 4 and went right to Resorts World in Jamaica, NY, filled out a claim form and got the money immediately. They pay out up to $250,000.

In response to jplayer33

Agree with you folks using the pandemic as an excuse to not do things like they used to.  We got stuck with games going to RNG which I think we all HATE!!

Am confused by your last sentence...won $5K in NJ and claimed it @ Resorts World in Jamaica, New York?   Sounds like you won in two different states?   How long did NJ take to divvy out the money?


Bleudog101, you are right. That was inaccurate. It wasn't the NJ Lottery. I meant NY Lottery. I hit the Play 4 for $1 straight in New York City and cashed it at the casino. Thanks for catching the mistake. And, yes, companies are using the pandemic as an excuse to cut their costs like hotels limiting housekeeping, etc. And computer drawings are the worst and obviously put in place to control the payouts since a computer drawing cannot be truly "random" because the computer has to be programmed.


My mistake. It was the NEW YORK Lottery i hit in early February 2020 for $5,000 and cashed the ticket at Resorts World.

In response to jplayer33

No problem whatsoever.


Do they take taxes out on a $5K win?   Here they don't and you know that tax form comes quickly.

sully16's avatar - sharan
In response to Think

They had an on-line raffle but you had to join up, so I passed .

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Florida did away with their holiday millionaire raffle a few years ago.  Sure wish they'd bring it back like NJ did.  G5

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Pennsylvania also continues to operate its annual holiday Millionaire Raffle, which is the oldest in the nation (est. 2005), and has been in operation every year since then.  Tickets went on sale this year on Nov. 9.  Weekly early bird drawings are taking place, and the final drawing is on Jan. 8, 2022.

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Hi all,

Just came back from buying 2 raffle tix, very unusual for me to drop  $20 on a lottery ticket, let alone $40. (I don't buy scratchers)

when I asked clerk for the tix she punched a few buttons on the machine and it spit out 3 slips of paper,  we both initially though something went wrong,

and I thought I was spending $60 B/C I always buy the mistakes. wrong, I did not realize this game had a $50 instant win prize also.

The 3rd slip of paper read : Congratulations you have won $50.  the clerk was not sure what to do and called someone on the phone.

then paid the $50. I trust this store. but be on the lookout, a dishonest clerk could take the 3rd slip and you might not be the wiser.


So do you have to be a NJ resident to purchase a ticket? What if you live in a neighboring state?

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