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New Jersey Cash4Life Winners Claim Prize

Nov. 25, 2014 – The first-ever winners of a top prize on the New Jersey Lottery’s new Cash4Life game claimed their jackpot Tuesday afternoon at New Jersey Lottery headquarters, about two weeks after the big win. Joseph Ianiro and John Opaluch from Hasbrouck, New Jersey were the lucky winners.  Their Cash4Life ticket matched all six winning numbers drawn Thurs., Nov. 13: 7, 8, 16, 49, 56 and the Cash Ball was 4. Ianiro said he bought the ticket at Nick’s Quick Stop, located at 183 Boulevard in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.  The lucky winner said he frequently plays the lottery but not normally at that store, which he’s walked by for years. Recent renovations by the store’s new owners must have drawn him in.  He spoke with the new owner, Guy Bernice, then bought the lucky Cash4Life ticket, playing the same numbers as always, which he told the N.J. Lottery were personally significant. Ianiro and Opaluch learned of their luck while watching the news and eating dinner.  According to a Lottery press release, Ianiro started jumping and screaming during a particular news report, and at first Opaluch thought the news story had brought him to his feet. But he soon heard the truth: Ianiro’s winning Cash4Life numbers had scrolled across the bottom of the screen.  After a brief and uncertain search for the winning ticket – Ianiro began to think he hadn’t purchased his lucky numbers that day – they found their lucky ticket. While the top prize for Cash4Life is $1,000 per day for life, the winners chose to take the $7 million cash option for their prize, which will be worth about $5 million after taxes. Ianiro told members of the media and the New Jersey Lottery that he had one specific plan for his windfall: he’ll donate some of the money to an addiction services organization that helped a close friend of his. Ianiro said that friend recently celebrated 25 years of sobriety, saying that if he ever won the lottery, he’d...

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First Cash4Life Winner in New Jersey

Nov. 14, 2014 – After five months without a top-prize winner, New Jersey finally has a $1,000-a-day for life winner with the popular Cash4Life game. The new draw game debuted June 16 in New Jersey and New York.  Since that time, five New York players have matched all six winning numbers to win the game’s top prize, worth $1,000 each day for life – or $365,000 each year. The New Jersey Lottery has not yet announced where the winning ticket was sold.  The big winner matched all six numbers in the Nov. 13 drawing: 7, 8, 16, 49, 56 and the Cash Ball, 4. While this marks the first time that a New Jersey has player won the top prize, the state hasn’t been without its big winners; three New Jersey lottery players have won Cash4Life’s second prize, worth $1,000 each week for life. Despite the lucky streak of top-prize winners this summer, New York has also had just three second-prize winners. Thursday’s lucky winner is the first top-prize winner in either state since July 31.  When they come forward to claim their prize, they’ll have a choice between the $1,000 per-day, for-life prize – which has a minimum payout period of 20 years – or a lump-sum cash option worth $7 million before taxes.   Photo Credit: DeviantArt User 2bgr8stock.  Licensed Under Creative...

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Sports Betting Halted in New Jersey

Oct. 24, 2014 – Federal District Court Judge Michael A. Shipp struck down legislation that would have allowed sports betting in New Jersey just one week after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed legislation the bill. Shipp agreed with the NCAA and the four major professional sports leagues – the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB – that the leagues faced “irreparable harm” if sports betting had been allowed to make its debut – slated for Sunday – in New Jersey. “The plaintiffs argue that betting could result in a negative effect on the perception of their games and their relationship to their fans.  This is a very real harm,” Shipp said. Gov. Christie, who said last Friday that he was a “strong proponent of sports wagering in the state of New Jersey,” said “” The legislation signed last Friday was the most recent of New Jersey’s attempts to bring sports betting to the state.  In 2012 they unsuccessfully challenged the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, PASPA, which banned sports betting in all but four states. Only Nevada and, to some extent, Delaware currently offer sports betting. The new bill attempted to circumvent PASPA by partially lifting New Jersey’s own ban on sports betting, but requiring that casinos and racetracks regulate the practice themselves. That would have exploited a technicality in PASPA which prohibits state-regulated sports wagers, but does not require states to maintain their own ban on the practice. Had Shipp decided to allow New Jersey to continue with their sports betting experiment, the case would have set a precedent for other states hoping to circumvent PASPA and the federal ban and inject new gambling revenue into their own states’ economies. But, for now, bettors will have to keep watching their favorite games with nothing on the line.  Except fantasy-league bragging rights, of...

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N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Signs Sports Betting Bill

Oct. 20, 2014 – New Jersey bettors may soon have the ability to place wagers on their favorite sports teams. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Friday signed a bill that would end the state’s prohibition of sports betting in casinos and at racetracks. “This will help clear away the legal obstacles and provide a clear path to finally bringing sports betting to New Jersey,” said N.J. Senator Raymond J. Lesniak (D-Union), a sponsor of the bill, in a statement Friday. “It will be a lifeline to Atlantic City casinos and for the horse racing industry, creating jobs and economic opportunities that will serve the city and the state for years to come,” he said. On Facebook, Lesniak announced that he planned to place the first legal sports wager on Sunday, Oct. 26 The state has been trying since 2012 to legalize sports betting, but were unsuccessful in their attempt to challenge the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which banned sports betting in all but four states. Those four states – Delaware, Nevada, Montana and Oregon – all offered sports betting at the time PASPA was passed and were thus exempt from the law that still prohibits sports betting in the other 46 states. Nevada and Delaware are the only two states to still accept wagers on professional sports.  Delaware sports betting is limited to horse racing and parlay wagers on professional football games. The Delaware Lottery oversees sports betting there, but because of PASPA, New Jersey legislators were unable to set up state-regulated sports betting. Instead, the bill signed Friday will end some of New Jersey’s prohibitions against sports betting, but keep the state un-involved.  Casinos and racetracks will be responsible for regulating sports betting, and sports wagers will still be illegal outside of casino and racetrack locations. Gov. Christie issued a statement Friday in which he re-iterated that he is “a strong proponent of legalized sports wagering in the state of New Jersey.” While New Jersey bettors would be...

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NJ Lottery Launches Walking Dead Scratch-offs

Oct. 6, 2014 – Starting today, New Jersey Lottery players can find new, Walking Dead scratch-off tickets with a theme inspired by the hit television show on AMC. The Lottery released the new Walking Dead scratch-offs with three different designs.  Each ticket costs $2, and players have a chance to win as much as $30,000. The Walking Dead tickets feature a familiar style of play: to win, players need to scratch the play area and try to uncover a money bag symbol or a badge symbol. The money bag symbol signals an instant win of the prize amount shown beneath, and the badge symbol signals an instant win worth double the prize shown. Each Walking Dead ticket offers players 10 chances to win a prize, and prizes range from $2 to the $30,000 top prize. There are 6 top prizes up for grabs on the game, and unless some lucky player picked up a winner this morning, all six are still available. The game also features more than 100 second prizes that will have to be claimed at the New Jersey Lottery’s headquarters.  Each second prize is worth $1,000; prizes worth $600 or more must be claimed at the Lottery’s...

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$1 Million N.J. Powerball Prize Expires Today

Sept. 18, 2014 – One year ago, one lucky Powerball player from New Jersey matched all five white numbers in the Sept. 18, 2013 Powerball drawing: 7, 10, 22, 32 and 35. As of today, that player has yet to come forward to claim their $1 million prize, which means that in a few short hours, they’ll lose their chance to call themselves a millionaire. The New Jersey Lottery said in a press release earlier this month that the mystery winner bought their ticket at a Hudson County Convenience Express store, located at 8401 River Road in North Bergen. Since the ticket is worth $1 million, the mystery winner will have to take it to New Jersey Lottery headquarters to collect their prize. If the winner doesn’t show up by the end of the day today, the $1 million prize will go from lucky to lost, but it won’t simply disappear. While it’s a shame to see someone’s prize go unclaimed, that money makes the rest of us winners!  Thirty percent of unclaimed prize money in New Jersey goes directly to the state’s beneficiaries – public education – then the other 70 percent is put back into the Lottery’s prize pool for for special games and promotions. You’re probably saying that you’d never leave a $1 million prize unclaimed for a year, but it happens more often than you’d think.  Each year, more than $800 million in prize money goes unclaimed! LotteryHUB wants to put those prizes back in your pockets.  That’s why we developed our ticket tracking technology.  Enter or scan in your Powerball or Mega Millions numbers, then we’ll check them for you after the drawing you bought your tickets for. If it looks like you’re a winner, we’ll send you a message to let you know, meaning you’ll never miss out on a prize – big or small – ever again. The free LotteryHUB app is available for iOS and Android, so download it...

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