Here are the top New Jersey news stories for Thursday:

⬛ Powerball winner in New Jersey

(NJ Lottery)
(NJ Lottery)

The grand prize for the Powerball lottery went unclaimed again last night, but there was a winning ticket sold in New Jersey.

Lottery officials confirm a ticket was sold that matched all five numbers, but not the Powerball.

That ticket is worth one million dollars.

Click the link above to check the winning numbers.

⬛ New home buyer in NJ? This is how much you need to earn


Prior to the coronavirus pandemic making an impact in New Jersey, aspiring homeowners needed to have income amounting to at least $105,000 in order to afford a typical home.

If you think that's a shocking number, brace yourself for the 2024 statistics.

New Jersey is one seven states where wannabe home buyers need to bring in more than $150,000 to comfortably afford a home, according to the personal finance website Bankrate.

⬛ ICE issues detainer for Cuban man charged with NJ throat slashing

Ernesto Lara-Rojo (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)(Bergen County Sheriff's Office)
Ernesto Lara-Rojo (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)(Bergen County Sheriff's Office)

CLIFFSIDE PARK — Federal immigration services have issued a detainer for a Cuban man charged with slashing open a woman's throat in Bergen County.

Ernesto Lara-Rojo, 49, is charged with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree aggravated assault on a domestic violence victim, and weapons offenses, according to Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella.

⬛ New ticket blitz targets NJ drivers — How to avoid a ticket

Canva/Townsquare Media illustration
Canva/Townsquare Media illustration

April is Distracted Driving Month. If you are not paying attention, it could cost you.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is launching a stepped up enforcement campaign to combat distracted driving.

"Put the phone away or pay," will focus on cell phone distractions, but police will be looking for anything that takes driver attention off the road.

⬛ NJ will become home of the largest pickleball facility in the Northeast

colorful action image of mixed doubled Pickleball match play

It’s a sport that is exploding in popularity with courts popping up everywhere; I’m talking about pickleball.

Now, what is being billed as the largest pickleball facility in the Northeast is planned for Robbinsville: the Robbinsville Pickle House will break ground at the former Robbinsville Fieldhouse later this spring.

According to, the 60,000-square-foot foot facility should be opening in the fall. The complex will house 20 pickleball courts, a restaurant, and a bar.

Cutest pets in New Jersey — 2024 edition

New Jersey 101.5 and PetCenter Old Bridge are looking for the Garden State's cutest pet in New Jersey! We received HUNDREDS of entries before we randomly selected our winner. Below are just SOME of the CUTEST critters that our listeners share their homes and lives with.

Gallery Credit: New Jersey 101.5

Solar eclipse mania! What NJ sungazers need to know for April 8, 2024

Gallery Credit: Dan Zarrow


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