Lottery losers don’t make news

The New Jersey Lottery does not make information available showing the number of losers, but the agency that administers state-run gambling announced that winners claimed more than $6.2 million in top-tier annuity prizes during June, including a $2 million scratch-off Mega Cash ticket that was purchased at a Tinton Falls deli by a retired VietNam veteran from Neptune.

Carole Hedinger, New Jersey Lottery executive director, also announced that there were no top prizewinners of the Mega Millions game, but there were two tickets sold in New Jersey among 31 $5,000 third prizes awarded nationally in the Tuesday, August 5 drawing.

Those winning tickets were sold at ShopRite of Clark, in Union County, and at a Fort Lee Exxon station in Bergen County.

The winning numbers for the Tuesday, August 5 drawing were: 25, 28, 36, 45 and 53. The Gold Mega Ball was 06, and the Megaplier Multiplier was 05. The Mega Millions jackpot rolls to $115 mililon for the next drawing, which will be held Friday,
August 8 at 11:00 pm.

The chances of winning a lottery jackpot can vary widely depending on the lottery design, and are determined by several factors, including the count of possible numbers, the count of winning numbers drawn, whether or not order is significant, and whether drawn numbers are returned for the possibility of further drawing.


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