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NJ Lottery announces updates to core games

Draw Times Changes, Exclusive Livestreaming, and Bigger Jackpots Await

NEW JERSEY – The New Jersey Lottery is modernizing its core games line-up starting June 29 with a new draw time, new way to watch, and a bigger starting jackpot.

The evening draw time for Pick-3, Pick-4, Jersey Cash 5, and Pick-6 is changing and moving exclusively to livestreaming. Additionally, Jersey Cash 5 gets more numbers to choose from and bigger starting jackpots – increasing from an estimated $75,000 to a guaranteed $100,000.

New Evening Drawing Time:

  • New Jersey Lottery evening drawings are moving from 7:57 p.m. to 10:57 p.m. daily. New Jersey Lottery Executive Director James Carey announced that starting June 29 New Jersey Lottery’s core games will be drawn later in the evening to allow players more time and opportunity to get their tickets for their favorite games.
  • The later draw time also brings the NJ Lottery’s core game drawings closer in timing to the big multi-state games, Mega Millions and Powerball. The midday drawings remain at 12:59 pm, daily.

Evening Drawings Now Exclusively Livestreamed:

  • Evening drawings can now be watched from anywhere. Midday and evening drawings can be watched live on the Lottery’s Facebook page or at While drawings will no longer air on WPIX-11 and WPHL-17, they will still be videotaped with independent auditors on site for each drawing. Mega Millions and Powerball drawings will still be aired on WABC-TV and WTXF stations.
  • Draw results can always be found on the Lottery’s website or by phone at 1-800-222-0996. Additionally, local newspapers and retailers can assist players looking for recent drawing results.

Bigger Jackpots Coming to Jersey Cash 5:

  • Starting jackpots for Jersey Cash 5 are increasing from an estimated $75,000 to a guaranteed $100,000, beginning June 29.
  • In the enhanced Jersey Cash 5 game, players will select five numbers from 1 to 45 for a chance at the new higher jackpot pool. Currently, players choose five numbers from 1 to 43.

“The new matrix allows the New Jersey Lottery to offer bigger, guaranteed jackpots to our loyal Jersey Cash 5 players,” Executive Director Carey said. “In 2019, we awarded jackpot prizes to more than 150 winners. With this change, we will still be able to award plenty of jackpots to players in the Garden State while ensuring the jackpots start bigger and climb faster.”

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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