how to play pick 6

New Jersey Lottery Results and News

Pick 6 Lotto Jackpot for Thursday, 1/14/2021: $2.6 Million

How to Play

Playing Pick 6 is simple: just choose 6 different numbers, each between 1 and 49. If 3 or more of your numbers matches the numbers drawn, you win a prize. (See Odds and Prizes.)

If you would rather have the computer select random numbers for you, just select a “Quick Pick”.


Subscriptions are a great option if you want to automatically play in each drawing. Once you sign up, we’ll take care of the rest. Before each drawing, we’ll send you an e-mail with confirmation that you’re participating in the drawing, and we’ll automatically notify you if you’ve won a prize.

Odds and Prizes

Matching Numbers Odds Prize Level Average Prize
6 out of 6 1: 13,983,816 Jackpot Jackpot
5 out of 6 1: 54,201 Second $2,700*
4 out of 6 1: 1,032 Third $56*
3 out of 6 1: 57 Fourth $3

Prize Payments

You do not have to choose between a cash (lump-sum payment) or annuity (installment payments) when you place your order. All top prizes are considered installment payments (annuity) unless the winner chooses a lump-sum payment after they’ve won.

Cash (Lump-Sum Payment)

After you’ve won, you can choose to receive your portion of the jackpot prize pool all at once. The lump-sum payment amount is the cash value of the jackpot prize on the day of the draw.

Annuity (Installment Payments)

If you prefer annual payments, your portion of the jackpot prize pool will be distributed to you in 30 annual payments. You will receive one payment every year for 30 years.

Why is the Choice Important?

Winners who choose the Annuity option will be taxed on each year’s winnings as they receive them. Winners who choose the Cash option will be taxed on the entire amount all at once.

Why Is the Cash Option Jackpot Less Than the Advertised Jackpot?

Pick 6 Lotto jackpots are advertised at the estimated amount of the 30-year annual Installment Payments. With Installment Payments, the first annual payment is approximately 1/30th of the estimated jackpot amount. For the remaining 29 years, the New Jersey Lottery buys Government Security or Insurance Bonds, which earn interest annually. That annual return, plus the original prize pool, makes up the entire annuity prize. Winners who choose the Cash option do not receive the interest generated by the 29-year investments.

Jackpot Payment Example*

If the New Jersey Lottery estimates a jackpot of $11 million, the approximate Lump-Sum cash value is $4.6 million. With the Lump-Sum Payment, the winner may receive the $4.6 million in one payment, less the required 28% federal tax withholdings. With the Installment Payments, the winner receives $11 million over a 30-year period, less the required 28% federal tax withholdings.

New Jersey Lottery Results and News Pick 6 Lotto Jackpot for Thursday, 1/14/2021: $2.6 Million How to Play Playing Pick 6 is simple: just choose 6 different numbers, each between 1 and

How to Play New Jersey’s Pick-6

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First introduced in 1980, Pick-6 is New Jersey ORIGINAL draw game. And it’s got a starting jackpot of $2 million to boot. 📈Here’s everything you need to know to get in the game.

In a Nutshell

Cost: $1.00

Jackpot: Starting at $2 million

Drawings: Monday & Thursday at approximately 7:57 pm EST

Overall odds of winning any prize: 1 in 54 (1 in 7 with XTRA)

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

How to Play Pick-6

Choose 6 numbers from 1–49. You can Quick Pick or choose your own lucky numbers. Match all 6 numbers to win the jackpot.

Pick-6 Prizes

There are 5 ways to win a Pick-6 prize.

Prizes and odds for Pick-6

Match Average Prize Odds
6 numbers Jackpot* 1 in 13,983,816
5 numbers $2,700* 1 in 54,201
4 numbers $56* 1 in 1,032
3 numbers $3 1 in 57
2 numbers $2 (tickets with XTRA only 1 in 8

*Average prizes are pari-mutuel, meaning they aren’t fixed amounts but are based on sales and total number of winners. The $3 Pick-6 prize and the $2 XTRA prize ARE both fixed prizes.

Tickets with XTRA

For an additional $1 per play, you can add XTRA to your ticket, which will multiply your non-jackpot prizes by the XTRA number. Tickets with XTRA can also win $2 for matching 2 numbers.

Are You A Pick-6 Winner?

Winning numbers are drawn on Monday and Thursday nights at approximately 7:57 pm EST. If you’re a Jackpocket player, you get automatically notified by email when you win.

For prizes $599.50 and under (the threshold amount in New Jersey), Jackpocket credits your account for the full amount. If you win $599.50 or more, we arrange to have the ticket securely delivered to you so that you can claim your prize from the NJ state lottery.

If you bought your Pick-6 ticket in person from a brick-and-mortar retailer, 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.

Play Pick-6 on Jackpocket

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

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