With so much attention focused on the lottery because of the super-high Powerball jackpot, Google Trends reported that more than 50,000 people were searching for “NJ lottery” on Thursday. That’s because of the recent alert that said wrong NJ lottery numbers were posted Wednesday night, according to Asbury Park Press. It wasn’t the huge Powerball jackpot numbers that were posted incorrectly, but the NJ “Jersey Cash 5” winning numbers from February 11’s nighttime drawing that appeared incorrect on the lottery website.
The NJ “Jersey Cash 5” drawing happened using Mercadien P.C. independent auditors, who have certified the NJ lottery results. As such, websites like Ashbury Park Press have gone on to report the corrected NJ “Jersey Cash 5” numbers for February 11’s evening drawing, which were 11, 15, 28, 35, and 43.
Indeed, the NJ lottery website concurs currently on their NJ “Jersey Cash 5” winning numbers page, and NJ lottery players are being asked to check their tickets once more to see if they are indeed winners in that lottery.
However, most people have their eyes on the big $564 million Powerball jackpot, and the fact that only three winning Powerball tickets will split that jackpot, with a $1M ticket sold in N.J., one that NJ.com says was purchased at a North Jersey liquor store.
Since the Powerball – Contact page states that only Powerball winners living in five states can remain private after their wins, with those five states being Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio — New Jersey Lottery officials or media outlets will most likely announce who won the $1 million Powerball prize from NJ eventually. It was a ticket purchased in Morris County, with the $1 million ticket being sold at Florham Park Liquors on Columbia Turnpike in Florham Park. Other states outside of the five listed above all have laws that require lottery officials to make the names and cities of the winning residents public, although more states are considering anonymous claims, according to lottery officials.
The option to remain anonymous would likely be good news to the most recent Powerball jackpot winners because those winning Powerball tickets were sold in Texas, North Carolina, and Puerto Rico — and if each of those three winning ticket holders decided to go with the cash option, they’d each get one-third of $381,138,450.16, which is a whole lot of money for the general public to know the newly rich Powerball players possess.
Either way, splitting nearly $400 million three ways is better than missing out on winning the Powerball by only one red Powerball number as one Texas man experienced, as reported by the Inquisitr.
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