Illinois Lottery adds new feature to numbers games
'Fireball' feature now on sale
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
On Sept. 1, Illinois Lottery retailers will begin offering a new, optional feature called Fireball to its long-standing Pick 3 and Pick 4 daily draw games.
The new play option provides a chance to obtain more winning combinations.
The standard Pick 3 and Pick 4 games remain the same, as does the drawing schedule (seven days a week, twice a day) and game ticket price (starts at 50 cents).
Beginning Sunday, Sep ...
Sep 1, 2013, 11:49 am - Lottery News forum
Price and prize changes coming this Sunday for Illinois Lotto
By Todd Northrop
Citing the success of the multi-state lottery games like Powerball and Mega Millions offering jackpots in excess of $100 million every other month, the Illinois Lottery has decided to revamp one of its original games, Lotto, in order to give lottery players a chance at potentially bigger jackpots and better overall odds.
Starting Sunday, July 14, 2013, Lotto will cost $1 for each game-set, up from a price of $1 for two game sets. The higher price will enable larger jackpot ...
Jul 11, 2013, 1:58 pm - Lottery News forum
Longtime friends share $7.4 million Lotto jackpot
Pair hits the jackpot after years of playing Illinois Lottery
By Todd Northrop
A Carol Stream, Illinois, couple has won a whopping $7.4 million jackpot in the Illinois Lottery after their April 29 Quick Pick Lotto ticket hit on all six numbers.
The winning ticket was purchased at Carol Stream's Payless Tobacco. The winning numbers on April 29 were 4, 5, 7, 12, 31, and 45.
Carol Davis and Conrad Rask met eight years ago at an area restaurant where she was a manager and he a regular pa ...
May 24, 2013, 4:53 pm - Lottery News forum
Man finds $4.85 million Lotto ticket in cookie jar
Includes video report
Maybe you've heard this story before. Or dreamed it.
A man cleans out old lottery tickets from a cookie jar, and instead of throwing them away takes them to the 7-Eleven to check them out. And finds one of them is worth millions.
It gets better for Ricardo Cerezo of Geneva, Illinois. He says his family was facing eviction, and he'll use part of the winnings $4.85 million to pay off the home.
It couldn't have happened at a better time, said Cerezo, a management ...
May 17, 2013, 8:25 am - Lottery News forum
Relatives fight over estate of poisoned lottery winner
The family of a Chicago businessman who died of cyanide poisoning after winning a $1 million lottery jackpot is disputing a deal he purportedly signed leaving his share of several dry cleaning stores to his wife.
In an emergency motion filed Monday in Cook County probate court, the sister of Urooj Khan argued the business assets should be part of his estate and divided equally among his only two heirs Khan's widow, Shabana Ansari, and 17-year-old daughter, Jasmeen, from a previous marriage.
Apr 30, 2013, 7:20 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery pushes for online expansion
The Illinois Senate could soon decide to increase the number of ways you can play the lottery online.
A committee has passed a bill that would allow players to wager on any of the draw-based games that is, in which the winning numbers are randomly selected, as in Pick 3 and Pick 4.
Right now, only Lotto, Mega Millions, and Powerball are draw-based games available online. The legislation would expand that opportunity to all seven, plus any draw-based games the lottery would add in the futur ...
Mar 25, 2013, 9:51 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery seeks to collect $20 million from operator Northstar Lottery Group
But the lottery has not shown Northstar the final audit numbers
The Illinois Lottery said Monday it is entitled to a $20 million payout from Lottery private manager Northstar Lottery Group because the group fell short of the total Illinois Lottery income Northstar said would be generated in fiscal year 2012.
Noted Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones: Northstar won the private manager contract by projecting a net income of $851.2 million in FY12, but failed to reach this goal, con ...
Mar 19, 2013, 4:09 pm - Lottery News forum
$1 Million 2012 St. Patrick's Day Raffle ticket found just in time
The Illinois Lottery announced today that a previously unclaimed $1 million 2012 St. Patrick's Day Millionaire Raffle ticket, sold last year in Wood Dale, has been claimed just three days prior to its expiration.
Raffle ticket number 413224 from the 2012 St. Patrick's Day Raffle drawing was presented to Lottery officials in Des Plaines on Thursday by an attorney representing three Chicago-area residents, all of whom are related.
It's great news that the missing $1 million dollar ticket wa ...
Mar 15, 2013, 3:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winnings will enable family reunion
An Illinois couple plans to use their lottery winnings to visit their son, a U.S. Navy pilot, in Hawaii and then get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to sail with him on an aircraft carrier as he returns from deployment in the Middle East.
Michael and Marilyn Feigl will use part of their $33,075 winnings to fly to Pearl Harbor this spring. There, they'll reunite with son Matthew Peden, and Michael will get the opportunity to sail onboard the USS John C. Stennis with Peden as the carrier returns ...
Mar 9, 2013, 3:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Judge won't give bakery workers partial lottery prize
A Cook County, Illinois, judge on Thursday refused to award a partial payout of a $118 million Mega Millions prize won by employees of a Chicago Heights-based bakery.
Twelve employees of the Pita Pan Bakery, 401 E. Joe Orr Road in Chicago Heights, who have taken to calling themselves the Dirty Dozen, have possession of the winning ticket from a May 4 drawing that won them the record-high prize.
But another seven employees of the bakery have filed assorted lawsuits in Cook County Circuit Co ...
Mar 1, 2013, 6:08 pm - Lottery News forum