TRENTON, NJ - Legislation by Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly that would allow New Jersey residents to submit and validate lottery claims for prizes of $600 or more via the internet, a mobile app or other electronic means, was approved by the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee on Thursday.

Saying that the legislation was born out of the COVID-19 induced realization that many of the procedures and activities people do in-person can be done remotely, Wimberly added that the closure of the Lottery Commission since the spread of the virus began has forced winners to either send their ticket in the mail or wait to validate it, leading to delays in people receiving their winnings.

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"Offering an electronic way for residents to validate their tickets would prevent further delays and provide an alternative method for anyone uncomfortable with the idea of sending such an important ticket in the mail,” WImberly said. "It's important to update our state's lottery system so that people can trust these same issues will no longer be a problem in the future."

The bill (A-4163) also specifies that the Commission would have to ensure the program includes security measures to prevent fraud and protect both the personal and financial information of lottery players.

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