NJ Pick 6 lottery jackpot climbs to highest amount in 14 years

$25.2 million grand prize to be drawn Thursday

The jackpot for the New Jersey Lottery’s Pick 6 drawing has quietly climbed to $25.2 million — making it the largest prize the game has offered in more than 14 years.

That may seem like a paltry sum compared to the multi-state Powerball and Mega Millions games, which now have minimums jackpots of $40 million. But the odds of winning the Pick 6 jackpot are much better at about 1 in 14 million compared to Powerball (1 in 292 million) and Mega Millions (1 in 302.5 million).

The Pick 6 cash option for Thursday’s 7:57 p.m. drawing is $17.1 million. It’s the largest Pick 6 drawing since a $35.5 million jackpot was won on May 10, 2004, according to data provided by New Jersey lottery officials.

It’s been nearly nine months since a lucky player bought a Pick 6 ticket that won the $9.6 million jackpot for the Feb. 15 drawing at a stationery store in Bergenfield. 

Since then, the jackpot for the twice-weekly drawing has rolled over a whopping 75 times.

On Monday, 15 ticket holders matched five numbers. Thirteen won $3,547 apiece while two players won $10,641 because each spent an additional $1 for the XTRA option. Monday’s winning numbers were: 1, 6, 17, 31, 36, and 47.

If someone hits the jackpot Thursday, it will be the fourth-largest prize Pick 6 prize since 2001, which is as far back as state lottery officials’ records date. The largest Pick 6 jackpot hit since then was a $48.9 million prize won on Feb. 6, 2001. Pick 6 drawings started in May 1980.

The matrix of numbers ranges from 1 to 49. 

Largest Pick 6 jackpots since 2001

  • February 6, 2001 – $48,900,000 
  • June 3, 2002 – $45,900,000 
  • May 10, 2004 – $35,500,000
  • June 4, 2009 – $24,250,000
  • June 25, 2012 – $21,500,000
  • June 16, 2014- $20,100,000
  • November 20, 2005 – $20,000,000
  • January 14, 2010 – $16,500,000
  • October 23, 2006-  $15,500,000
  • June 26, 2003 – $13,900,000
  • April 28, 2008 – $13,500,000
  • December 12, 2013 – $12,800,000
  • September 1, 2011 – $12,200,000
  • July 12, 2007 – $12,000,000