New Jersey has announced the addition of new lottery number numbers, as well as new lottery drawings, as part of a $1.6 billion program aimed at boosting the state’s economy.
The state Department of Economic Development and Labor said Tuesday that it received more than 5,000 applications for new lottery draws, and about $1,000 per drawing.
The total amount to be raised was not yet announced.
The lottery is part of an initiative launched last year by Governor Chris Christie.
The lottery draws about $3 billion a year in federal funds, but is not required to reveal the details of its moneymaking schemes.
The number of drawing slots has increased dramatically over the years.
In 2004, there were only 4,000 slots, but that has risen to more than 22,000 today.
The lottery also said Tuesday it would soon announce a lottery drawing for a new Maryland lottery number, as the state continues to run a statewide lottery.
New Jersey has about 6,400 registered lottery winners, and it expects to get about $10 million for the program.
The numbers were drawn as part a $2.5 billion program designed to boost the state economy.