According to the New Jersey lottery’s slogan, “Anything can happen in Jersey.” Corny as it sounds, the state’s Pick 6, Mega Millions, and Powerball mean there are plenty of chances to win big jackpots and well, anything can happen.
The New Jersey lottery is owned and operated by the state’s government and is one of the oldest in US history. Governor William T. Cahill was the very first person to buy a New Jersey lottery ticket in December 1970. This came after residents approved the state lottery with one of the biggest majority votes in the state’s history.
Lucky for Edward and Kathleen Henry, it wasn’t long before the first millionaire drawing occurred and the 100th millionaire was made in May 1983. Today, there are 9 separate lotteries in New Jersey, including the huge Mega Millions and Powerball draws. Besides these games, the largest lottery in this state is the Pick 6. There’s also Pick 3, Pick 4, Jersey Cash 5, and Cash4Life.
A large portion of revenue from New Jersey lottery ticket sales goes toward state education. With further percentages earmarked for psychiatric hospitals, injured war veterans, and disability support.