The New Jersey Lottery will be the first lottery in the nation to live stream its winning number draws on Facebook beginning this month. The Facebook initiative is part of an overall plan by the lottery to integrate the live draw online with social media, in tandem with the launch of a new website at NJLottery.net.

"Live streaming our draw online at NJLottery.net and Facebook will allow for players to interact with us and each other, making the draw a more dynamic experience," said Carole Hedinger, executive director, New Jersey Lottery.

According to Hedinger, the new Web site is designed to give players a more engaging experience online with N.J. Lottery and the thousands of other players and retailers who buy, sell, and play lottery games. In addition to the live draw, NJLottery.net will feature a variety of newsworthy and entertaining content about featured games, winning tickets, lottery retailers and more. Live draws will be archived for player reference if they miss the live stream.

"Advancements in technology and media now make it possible for us to capture and broadcast our live draws as part of a larger-scale initiative at minimal expense," said Hedinger.