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
Illinois Lottery glitch causes many duplicate Quick Pick tickets
Mary Ellen Reiter felt like she got one losing ticket for the price of two after discovering that eight sets of numbers on one Illinois Lottery quick-pick ticket that she bought matched eight sets of numbers on another.
I think that they should make it right, said Reiter, 52, of Evanston, who bought the duplicate tickets Sunday at a convenience store in the northern suburb. The way I figure, I should at least receive back $5 of free quick-picks.
About 3,000 tickets were similarly affecte ...
May 7, 2012, 12:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Woman arrested for trying to fake jackpot winning lottery ticket
Note to anyone thinking of gaming the state lottery: it never works.
An Elgin, Illinois, woman tried to cash in on the record $656 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot with a ticket she bought online eight minutes after the winning numbers were drawn, officials said today.
Leandria Williams, 28, was initially charged with wire fraud last week for falsifying documents. She has now been charged with attempted theft and forgery, according to the Cook County sheriff's office.
An investigat ...
May 1, 2012, 3:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Retired Illinois couple share $656M lottery jackpot
By Todd Northrop
Updated 6:24 pm: Prize payout information
A retired computer systems designer and his wife, a computer programmer, have claimed the final share of the March 30 $656 million Mega Millions lottery drawing.
Merle, 65, and Pat Butler, 62, claimed the jackpot at the Red Bud Village Hall in the small southern Illinois town of Red Bud. The winning ticket was sold at a nearby Motomart in the town of 6,000 people.
Their share of the record-setting $656 million jackpot was $21 ...
Apr 18, 2012, 11:57 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Mega Millions winner to come forward
The final winner of the record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot will accept a check for $218.6 million on Wednesday in the southern Illinois town of Red Bud where the winning ticket was purchased, the Illinois Lottery said Monday.
The single winner is from Illinois, lottery officials said, but would not reveal any other details. The other two winning tickets already have been anonymously claimed in Maryland and Kansas. Around Red Bud word that the winner would soon be revealed left the town ...
Apr 17, 2012, 9:32 am - Lottery News forum
World's biggest lottery jackpot won by three tickets
Winning Mega Millions lottery tickets sold in Illinois, Kansas, Maryland
Final jackpot total of $656 million will be split three ways
How would you react if you won?
By Todd Northrop
The largest lottery jackpot the world has ever seen has been won Friday night by three tickets sold in Illinois, Kansas, and Maryland.
Since early Wednesday morning, the Mega Millions lottery jackpot was raised three times in as many days, and by the time all the sales were totalled at draw time, the ...
Mar 31, 2012, 8:56 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois picks right week to start selling tickets online
But online sales still dwarfed by retailer sales
With a record $540 million Mega Millions jackpot in play, Illinois picked the right week to become the first state in the nation to sell lottery tickets online. Others are watching closely to see if the new approach pays off and whether the state takes the next big step: launching online poker, blackjack and other casino games.
It took only three minutes for the first online lottery ticket to sell once the system went live at 7 a.m. Sunday. ...
Mar 30, 2012, 7:51 am - Lottery News forum