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New Jersey State Lotteries Laws

The majority of states operate official lotteries, games of chance in which players pay a fee to choose a series of numbers (or play scratch-off tickets) for the opportunity to win cash prizes. Typically, states name an official beneficiary of lottery revenue, typically education programs. In New Jersey, for example, lottery net proceeds are legally required to be used for state institutions including higher education and senior citizen programs.

The main provisions of New Jersey's state lottery laws are listed below, with links to additional resources.

Code Section 5:9-1, et seq.
Distribution of Lottery Revenue Payment of prizes and expenses with appropriations to state institutions and state aid for education
Additional Purpose of Lottery Entire net proceeds to be used for state institutions and state aid for education including higher education and senior citizen education
Lottery Prize Subject to Garnishment For arrears of court-ordered child support obligations, and former recipients of Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), food stamps, or low income home energy assistance who were overpaid
Time Limit to Claim Prize/Disposition 1 year/allocated in same manner as lottery revenue is allocated by state
Prohibited Related Activities Forged/altered tickets; sale above fixed price; unauthorized sale

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a New Jersey gaming attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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