Sharon Sharp, 1939-2009: Former lottery director of Illinois, California
She was the GOP candidate for Illinois secretary of state in 1978
Sharon Sharp, whose accidental entry into politics started with a $10 loan from Donald Rumsfeld, ran for Illinois secretary of state in the late 1970s and was the state's lottery director under Gov. Jim Thompson.
Mrs. Sharp, 69, died of lung cancer Sunday, July 5, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, said her son, Christopher Kip Sharp. She lived on the city's Gold Coast.
Mrs. Sharp had held posts in the Elk Grove Township ...
Jul 7, 2009, 1:44 am - Lottery News forum
IL Senator again pushes for online lottery ticket sales
When Illinois lottery jackpots swell into the hundreds of millions, so do the lines for tickets. What if you could simply purchase lottery tickets online, at home or work?
That's been the vision of Illinois State Senator John Cullerton since February of this year, when Lottery Post reported that the Senator was pushing for lottery ticket sales over the Internet (www.lotterypost.com/news/189242).
When a jackpot gets up over eighty million, that's when people want to buy at least one ticket ...
Jun 8, 2009, 8:55 am - Lottery News forum
Man claims he's owed Mega Millions in suit against Illinois Lottery
An East St. Louis man says the Illinois Lottery Control Board refused to pay him for a winning lottery ticket.
Johnnie Cooper filed suit April 14 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Illinois Lottery Control Board.
Cooper says he purchased a lottery ticket on Aug. 28, 2007.
The ticket contained the winning numbers, but the Illinois Lottery Control Board refused to pay Cooper for it, he says.
Cooper does not state how much money he should have received.
Cooper, who is represen ...
Apr 22, 2009, 12:00 pm - Lottery News forum
Hitting the jackpot: Rebecca Hargrove's winning strategy
Tenn. Lottery CEO says tickets seem recession-proof, help fund college educations
You may not have heard of Rebecca Paul Hargrove, but in the lottery world, she's a celebrity.
The brash, hard-charging CEO of the Tennessee lottery has accomplished what nobody else has in the state-run gaming business. She ran the lottery in Illinois where sales topped $1.3 billion. Next, Hargrove moved to Florida, where she set a new record: $95 million in sales the first week.
In Florida, Hargrove's mar ...
Mar 29, 2009, 11:37 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery creates four lucky millionaires
The Illinois Lottery held its fourth-ever Millionaire Raffle drawing yesterday the second on St. Patrick's Day which instantly created four millionaires.
The complete list of winning numbers for the raffle can be found at Lottery Post's Illinois Lottery Results page (www.lotterypost.com/results/il).
The raffle drawing was held on March 17th St. Patrick's Day a day traditionally thought of as lucky . The four new millionaires will certainly think so.
In addition to four $1 million top pr ...
Mar 18, 2009, 11:46 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois lottery has 1 winner in $4 million jackpot
The Illinois State Lottery says one player matched all six numbers in Monday night's Lotto drawing, earning a prize of $4 million.
The lottery says the winning ticket was purchased at a mini mart in Mapleton, a village near Peoria. The Lotto grand prize for Wednesday night's drawing resets to $2 million.
Also on Monday, 26 players matched five of the six winning numbers and will receive second prizes of $606.50 apiece.
Another 1,117 players matched four of the six winning numbers - good ...
Feb 24, 2009, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Senate president hopes to expand lottery
Internet sales being contemplated
Hoping to squeeze more money out of the state lottery, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton wants to sell tickets online and hire a private company to manage and market the games.
Cullerton thinks new technology and fresh ideas could help Illinois facing what could be a $9 billion hole in next year's budget dramatically boost lottery revenues.
I would venture to say you could potentially even double it, the Chicago Democrat said in a recent intervi ...
Feb 16, 2009, 9:38 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery win bad news for gas station employees
Store owner allegedly sold winning lottery ticket, fired staff to avoid sharing commission
Selling the winning lottery ticket turned out to be unlucky for four employees at the gas station that sold the $25.5 million ticket Jan. 3.
The employees, a former manager and three cashiers, allege that they were fired because the Wadsworth Mobil owner did not want to share the one percent commission he received for the winning ticket.
I'm kind of sorry we sold the winning ticket only because i ...
Jan 29, 2009, 11:00 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery awards $105M ad contract
Energy BBDO awarded multi-year contract worth $105 million
The Illinois Lottery announced Thursday that it has awarded Energy BBDO its $105 million general market advertising contract.
Energy BBDO, along with Omnicom partners OMD and The Integer Group, will assist Lottery with strategic planning, media planning and buying, creative development and production, promotion, Web development and other marketing communication endeavors.
The Illinois Department of Revenue put out a request for ...
Jan 23, 2009, 1:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois House approves privatizing state lottery
Illinois would raise $10 billion for building roads and schools by privatizing its state-run lottery for half a century under a plan the House approved Wednesday night.
After years of resisting, Speaker Michael Madigan and his House Democrats approved turning the lottery over to a private vendor because Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the Legislature have never agreed on another way to pay for a statewide construction program.
The House also voted to restore some of the painful budget cuts Gov. R ...
Sep 12, 2008, 3:15 am - Lottery News forum