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How to Play New Jersey's Pick-6

Pick 6 numbers, sit back, and you could multiply your prize by up to 10 times!

First introduced in 1980, Pick-6 is a New Jersey ORIGINAL draw game. And it's got a starting jackpot of $2 million to boot. NJ Pick-6 is a favorite among Jackpocket users. And for good reason. 

Ready to see what all the fuss is about? Here's everything you need to know:

In a Nutshell

Cost: $2.00

Jackpot: Starting at $2 million 

Drawings: Monday & Thursday at approximately 10:57 PM EST

Overall odds of winning any prize: 1 in 44

Biggest Pick-6 prize in the history of the game: $36 million

How to Play Pick-6

Playing Pick-6 NJ is easy! Choose 6 numbers from 1–46. You can Quick Pick or choose your own lucky numbers. Match all 6 numbers to win the NJ grand prize.

Pick-6 Prizes & Odds

While the Powerball grand prize is much more glamorous, the odds are better with NJ Pick-6. There are four ways to win a Pick-6 prize:

Prizes and odds for Pick-6
Match Average Prize Odds
6 numbers Jackpot* 1 in 9,366,819
5 numbers $1,500* 1 in 39,028
4 numbers $30* 1 in 801
3 numbers $2 1 in 47

*Prizes are estimated based on the odds, expected sales, and number of winners for each prize level.

What is XTRA?

XTRA is the random multiplier that is added to your Pick-6 ticket  automatically. You could multiply your prize by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10 times.

What is Double Play on NJ Pick-6?

Similar to the Power Play for Powerball, for an additional $1 per play, you can add Double Play, for a chance to win $250,000 and other prizes in an additional drawing held directly after Pick-6. This new add-on feature is available on Jackpocket yet but is an option when playing Pick-6 at a lottery retailer.  

What time is the NJ Pick-6 drawing? 

Winning numbers for this New Jersey lottery are drawn on Monday and Thursday nights at approximately 10:58 PM EST. If you’re a Jackpocket user, you get automatically notified by email when you win.

Are You A Pick-6 Winner?

You won a prize. Congratulations! Now, how do you collect? Prizes under $599.99 (the threshold amount in New Jersey) can be claimed at any lottery retailer (if you got your ticket in person). If you ordered your ticket using Jackpocket and won a prize under this amount, Jackpocket will automatically post your winnings to your account. 

For prizes $600 and above, you have the option of mailing your ticket or picking up your prize in person at the NJ Lottery Headquarters

Check the NJ state lottery website for more information on how to claim your prize from a retailer or via a claim form with the New Jersey Lottery.

Join the Fun With NJ Pick-6 on Jackpocket

Set up a Smart Order and automatically get tickets every week for  NJ Pick-6 or any of your other favorite lottery games.

So, are you a Pick-6 pro or what? Head over to the Jackpocket app and join the next Pick-6 drawing.


Is Pick-6 only in New Jersey? 

Yes! Pick-6 is New Jersey’s original lottery draw game. 

How many numbers are in NJ Pick-6?

There are 46 potentially lucky numbers for lottery lovers to choose from in each game. Want a little history? The game initially had 36 numbers to choose from when introduced in 1980. In 1984, the available numbers went from 36 to 39. In 1986, additional numbers were added, giving fans 42 numbers to choose from. Finally in 1989, the game went up to 46 numbers, which is what we can choose from today!

Remind me again: How do I win NJ Pick-6?

To win a prize with Pick-6 NJ, you must match at least three numbers. The order the numbers are drawn in doesn’t matter. The more numbers you match, the bigger the prize!

How much is a Pick-6 ticket in NJ?

The base price of the ticket is $2 per game. You can add Double Play for an additional $1 per game.

How late can you order a NJ Pick-6 ticket?

For tickets picked up in person, the cut-off time is five minutes before the drawing. When ordering your tickets online, additional time is needed to allow us to fulfill your tickets on your behalf. You can also check the most up-to-date cutoff time in the Jackpocket app, usually at least an hour before the drawing. 

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