Illinois Lottery run by private company starting Friday
Illinois' private lottery manager takes over operations Friday, with both the company and the state envisioning greatly increased sales and more money for state coffers.
Although Northstar Lottery Group formally assumes the reins July 1, the transition to private management has been under way for some time. Regular players have seen new signage and the rollout of new games in recent weeks, but otherwise shouldn't notice a difference if they buy lottery tickets after the first of the month.
Jun 30, 2011, 8:21 am - Lottery News forum
Man gets 23 years for robbing Illinois lottery winner
A Rolling Meadows man shot four times when two masked intruders invaded his residence in search of lottery winnings says he still worries about being home alone at night.
On Friday a Cook County judge sentenced one of his assailants to 23 years in prison.
Robert English, formerly of Berwyn, received the sentence Friday in exchange for his guilty plea to attempted first-degree murder, home invasion and aggravated battery with a firearm. All are class X felonies punishable by up to 30 years ...
Apr 3, 2011, 7:39 am - Lottery News forum
Chicago man claims $9M lottery jackpot in the nick of time
A Chicago, Illinois, man recently came close to losing $9 million that he didn't know he had.
Irving Przyborski had bought a winning Lotto ticket which was due to expire at the end of the day on Thursday, but he found the ticket last week in a tax folder and claimed it just in time.
Przyborski had bought a number of lottery tickets a year ago and checked the numbers on most of them and they were not winners, according to Illinois Lottery spokesman Tracy Owens. Apparently, one ticket fell i ...
Mar 24, 2011, 12:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Missouri Senate to discuss privatizing state lottery
The Missouri Lottery will begin talks in April with the state Senate about moving control of the lottery from the government to the private sector.
Lottery Executive Director May Scheve said it was difficult to comment on the issue because the Missouri Lottery is currently ascertaining the opinion of state vendors on the matter; privatization was only recently brought up by the Senate's Rebooting Government initiative.
We really haven't engaged in conversation with the Senate, Scheve said ...
Mar 3, 2011, 11:23 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois signs deal to privatize lottery
Illinois Lottery to become nation's first privately-run lottery
Daily operations of the Illinois Lottery will be managed by a private company beginning in July.
As part of a massive deal that has been in the works for nearly two years, state officials announced Tuesday that they've signed a final deal with Northstar Lottery Group to run the lottery.
Northstar, which is comprised of three companies that already do business with the state, has said it could generate $1.5 billion more over ...
Jan 19, 2011, 9:15 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Pick 4 lottery winners in huge line for record payout
As the coiling line of people inside the Thompson Center collapsed in on itself Friday morning, Illinois State Police Sgt. Carlton Riley radioed for backup to help figure out how to deal with the crowd.
All right, people, we got a problem now! Riley barked. I need you to pay attention and keep the line tight.
Riley might have had a problem, but almost no one else did. The estimated 600 people in line were there to claim a share of what may be the highest-ever total payout for the Illinoi ...
Nov 15, 2010, 8:01 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery Halloween raffle awards treats for grownups
By Todd Northrop
The Illinois Lottery held its eighth-ever Millionaire Raffle drawing yesterday its third on Halloween which instantly created four new millionaires.
The complete list of winning numbers for the raffle can be found at Lottery Post's Illinois Lottery Results page.
The raffle drawing was held on October 31st Halloween a day that traditionally finds kids getting all the treats. But the four new millionaires and hundreds of other prize winners from yesterday's drawing got so ...
Nov 1, 2010, 10:52 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery privatization announcement expected Wednesday
Southtown Star Editorial
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is about to make a billion-dollar decision to which most of us haven't paid much attention. For months, consortiums and companies have been working behind the scenes to become the jackpot winner of a prize that will set an international gambling precedent.
Illinois is soon to become the first in the United States to turn over its state lottery operations to a privately owned company. How this experiment progresses undoubtedly will set preced ...
Sep 14, 2010, 8:08 am - Lottery News forum
Decision on privatizing Illinois Lottery 'within days'
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn could select a private firm to manage the Illinois State Lottery as soon as next week, but some lawmakers would rather keep the lottery under state government.
Two bidders are vying for the right to privately manage the Illinois State Lottery. Earlier this week at a public hearing held in Chicago, the Northstar Lottery Group and the Camelot Group both presented their proposals to a state commission.
The Northstar Lottery Group is a combination of three different com ...
Sep 10, 2010, 8:37 am - Lottery News forum
$18.5M lottery winner 'scraping by'
'I wish I'd won a billion dollars' not just $18.5M
Ten years after he and his wife won $64 million in the Big Game lottery, Alex Snelius wishes he'd won more money.
The 73-year-old Palos Heights man doesn't want to replace his 2001 Lincoln Town Car. Nor does he want a bigger home (he'd actually prefer something much smaller).
I wish I'd won a billion dollars so I could keep everyone happy, said Snelius, a retired truck mechanic originally from Lithuania. Snelius opted for a single $18. ...
Aug 24, 2010, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum