While the COVID-19 pandemic has sparked fear and despair in many, one local now has a reason to celebrate. A lottery ticket that has a cash prize of hundreds of thousands of dollars was sold in Hudson County, according to the New Jersey Lottery.
The lucky lottery ticket was purchased at a bodega in Bayonne as part of the Jersey Cash 5 with Xtra lottery drawing.
The winning ticket matched all five numbers, winning the Jersey Cash 5 jackpot. The jackpot totaled over $487,125 when the winning ticket was drawn on April 28.
The winning numbers were 08, 12, 21, 36, and 40, and the XTRA number was 02. The winning ticket did not match the Xtra number, which would have doubled the winnings.
That ticket was sold at Bayonne News, 566 Avenue C. The retailer will receive a bonus check for $2,000.
While the win may spark initial joy, the winner may have to wait to collect the prize.
In-person prize collections suspended
New Jersey Lottery’s front office remains temporarily closed for the collection of walk-in claims to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. According to New Jersey Lottery, the front office will remain closed through at least May 15 while protocols for paying claims are revised and reviewed.
Claims less than $599.50 can still be immediately redeemed at any retailer, and mailed claims will still be processed in the regular course of business, New Jersey Lottery said in a statement.
Jackpot winners, such as the aforementioned, can claim their prizes by mail. Winners are advised by the New Jersey Lottery to make copies of their signed tickets and claim forms before placing them in the mail.
All properly validated mailed claims will be paid. However, according to New Jersey Lottery, payments may be temporarily delayed.
For those who wish to claim their prizes in person, accommodations have been made. The expiration dates to claim winning tickets have been extended amid the ongoing pandemic.
Earlier in March, the Lottery Commission approved a rule modification extending the expiration date of tickets. The expiration date for all claims set to expire between March 19 and May 15 have been extended for an additional 30 days from the date of the office opening.
New Jersey Lottery said that a winning ticket that was purchased on March 31, 2019, would normally expire within one year from the date of purchase. However, due to the extension, the claim in this example will not expire until June 15, 2020.
Further accommodations may be made depending on the status of the pandemic. The expiration date of winning tickets may be extended further based on current events, according to New Jersey Lottery.
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