TRENTON – Asw. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer) plans to introduce a bill that would return live New Jersey Lottery drawings to television.
The bill would require NJTV, the station that replaced NJN earlier this month, to televise lottery drawings for free. The New Jersey Lottery debuted a new live Internet version of the daily drawings after the state changed from the state-run NJN to the privately operated NJTV. The Lottery paid NJN $1.2 million per year to broadcast the drawings.
“Not everybody owns or has access to a computer, so limiting live drawings to the internet would leave many residents who play the lottery in the dark,” said Watson-Coleman. “Rather than alienate people who actively play and contribute to the New Jersey Lottery, this bill would continue the tradition of televised drawings in New Jersey’s new TV station. NJTV said it was committed to providing New Jersey content. This is a perfect opportunity for them to do just that, and show New Jersey residents they are indeed committed to showing the news and entertainment content residents grew accustomed to with our previous TV station.”
In addition to the internet sites, Lottery results are available from retailers and are printed in many newspapers.
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