Lottery winner's death was blamed on natural causes — until a relative raised questions
Urooj Khan had sworn off playing the lottery after he took an Islamic pilgrimage to the Middle East in 2010, but as he stood in a 7-Eleven near his home on Chicago's Far North Side this summer, he lost his will for a moment, handing over $60 to buy two instant-game tickets.
After scratching off the second ticket, he leaped in the air, shouting over and over again, I hit a million!
When Khan, 46, accepted an oversized check from Illinois Lottery representatives days later at the same store ...
Jan 7, 2013, 9:38 am - Lottery News forum
Retired chaplain cleans desk, finds $1 million winning lottery ticket
A retired hospice chaplain from Glen Ellyn, Illinois, was sitting on a $1 million winning lottery ticket for two months until two weeks ago when he decided to clean up his desk.
About 12 tickets had accumulated on my desk, and I decided to tidy up to make room for my new computer. I checked the winning numbers on the Illinois Lottery website and just about screamed when I saw that I won, said Ron Yurcus in a release from the Illinois Lottery issued the week.
Yurcus matched the first five ...
Nov 17, 2012, 11:00 pm - Lottery News forum
Trial begins for man linked to double-murder by lottery tickets
A Chicago man accused of fatally shooting a cashier and customer inside a Southwest Side convenience store in 2005 almost got away with it, but a trail that started with lottery tickets he'd purchased moments before the killings ultimately led police to him, prosecutors said Tuesday as the man's double-murder trial got underway.
Timothy Fountain, 42, is charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery in the August 2005 shooting deaths of clerk Graciela Rodriguez, 37, and Nicholas Guerrero, ...
Oct 24, 2012, 7:35 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery superintendent at odds with private manager of lottery
Illinois Lottery superintendent Michael Jones and the Northstar Lottery Group are at odds. Northstar is the private management consortium named in the fall of 2010 to run the Illinois Lottery.
The source of the disagreement is a preliminary draft of a ruling this week from a mediator assigned to determine whether Northstar should have to pay a penalty for failing to meet stipulated profit goals in its private management agreement with the state.
By its own accounting Northstar, comprised o ...
Sep 14, 2012, 8:09 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery launching a new game Sunday
Includes video report
The Illinois Lottery is launching a new game this weekend.
The new game, called My3, will go on sale Sunday.
According to lottery officials, the game is not replacing Pick 3.
The My3 game will allow players to pick their favorite numbers without the need to specify what type of wager is being made. The prize levels for My3 are also different than Pick 3.
There are two daily My3 drawings. Players must match all three numbers in exact order to win $200. Lesser ...
Sep 8, 2012, 4:39 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois to sell Powerball lottery tickets online
Illinois is going to sell Powerball lottery tickets on the Internet, and at least one lawmaker predicts a big payday.
Sen. Jeff Schoenberg says online sales could produce an additional $25 million a year for state government. The Evanston Democrat says the money will pay for public works projects and create jobs around the state.
Illinois became the first state to sell lottery tickets online when it started offering Lotto and Mega Millions tickets in March. A new law adds Powerball to that ...
Aug 30, 2012, 8:44 am - Lottery News forum
Penn. Lottery gets advice from Illinois on privatization
State trying to decide if privately operating the lottery is right approach
Pennsylvania is currently looking into privatizing its lottery, but one official with the Illinois lottery, the only private system in the nation, is warning the commonwealth to carefully plan how it would choose a company to manage day-to-day operations.
Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones says in the Land of Lincoln, potential overseers had to estimate how much money they'd be able to bring into the lot ...
Aug 9, 2012, 7:42 am - Lottery News forum
Report: Ill. lottery manager short $100M on profit
The Illinois Lottery's private manager fell nearly $100 million short of the profits it promised to deliver for the state.
But the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday that revenues generated by Northstar Lottery Group still set an Illinois record. Illinois has fallen behind other state lotteries for years.
Northstar promised $825 million in net revenue when it took over the lottery in July 2011. A Tribune analysis found it had collected $726 million by the end of June.
That could mean hund ...
Aug 2, 2012, 9:34 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery to add Powerball online ticket sales
Powerball would be added to the mix of lottery games that Illinois offers online under legislation that squeaked through the House Monday.
The multi-state Powerball game would join Lotto and Mega Millions, the two games Illinois put online in March when it became the first state in the nation to sell lottery tickets by Internet.
Dismissing opposition, Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, said the measure simply adds a third game online rather than opening the door to widespread gambling that the bill' ...
May 29, 2012, 1:19 pm - Lottery News forum
Two workers in lottery pool sue over $118 million ticket
Two employees of a Chicago Heights, Illinois, bakery are suing co-workers over a $118 million Mega Millions jackpot, alleging they were unfairly left out of the winnings.
Jose Franco and Marco Medina were regular participants in a lottery pool with co-workers at the bakery for about a year, according to the suit.
The group won $9 during a drawing on May 1, and there was an understanding that the money would be used to purchase more tickets for a May 4 drawing, the suit said. Some employees ...
May 17, 2012, 9:42 am - Lottery News forum