Top scratch-off prizes gone, but tickets still for sale
New Jersey scratch-off lottery players may not be getting very much bang for their buck.
The state continues to sell scratch-off tickets even though major prizes have already been handed out. For example, all six grand prize tickets for the '$1 Million Dollar Explosion' game have been cashed in, yet more tickets remain on the market.
Residents like Raymond Great say it's unfair to the players.
"I think it's disgusting," he says. "The state of New Jersey is making enough money off the scratch-offs."
A spokesman for New Jersey Lottery says scratch-off players can visit the official Web site to learn what prizes are still available. That spokesman also says the remaining prizes are prominently displayed and refreshed regularly.
Lawsuits have been filed against state lotteries in Virginia, Arizona, California, Colorado and Washington for similar grievances. No suits have been filed in New Jersey.
Some states, such as Pennsylvania and Delaware, end the game when the top prizes are dished out.
Top prizes have already been handed out for about one out of four New Jersey scratch-off games. New Jersey residents spent more than $1 billion on lottery games last year.