The Associated Press article New Jersey lottery results are in and the lottery is on the way, bringing to an end a long and controversial saga involving the nation’s second largest state.
A record-breaking $1.1 trillion jackpot was handed out to lottery winners Tuesday, setting the record for the largest lottery payout since 1984.
It was announced the first-ever winners were determined and the second-largest jackpot would go to the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Edison.
It is estimated that at least $3.7 billion was raised by the jackpot, the highest ever.
The lottery generated more than $1 billion in revenue in a year that has seen some major players, including Apple and Twitter, lose out.
New Jersey also became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana and the first to allow casinos in the state.
But it was the controversial New Jersey Lottery Commission that was the most scrutinized and scrutinized entity for years, with a $1 million fine levied by a state commission and subsequent public hearings.
A panel of three state judges ruled that the lottery commission violated the state constitution by improperly awarding the jackpots without providing an opportunity for public comment and public input.
The state commission then appealed the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which said the commission was entitled to receive public comment but that it did not have the authority to grant the jackpotties without it.
The 9th circuit then denied the appeal, ruling that the commission is a public agency with the authority and responsibility to conduct lottery operations.
The decision came down on the heels of a series of state court decisions that upheld the commission’s decision to award the jackets to winners.
The appeals court said that was because the commission has the authority under state law to award jackpots.
“In light of the high profile nature of this lottery, we have determined that the Commission may not issue the lottery tickets without providing public comment to the public and to the Commission,” the appeals court ruled.
“The Commission must consider the public interest in awarding jackpot prizes and may consider public comment only after it has determined that its decision is in the public’s interest.”
The 9th Cir.
ruling did not specify how the commission could have given the winners an opportunity to submit public comments.
The commission has said it will continue to operate and has not yet filed an appeal to the Supreme Court.
It has also said it is willing to work with the state’s Legislature to ensure the public is provided a fair and open process for allocating lottery proceeds.