Some may say times are tough, but lottery spending doesn't show it
Illinoisans apparently haven't lost an appetite for lottery tickets, even though some say they are pinching pennies elsewhere in their personal budgets.
Sales figures for the Illinois Lottery were up nearly 3 percent to about $2.08 billion in the fiscal year that ended in June.
In the year before, the lottery hit $2 billion in sales for the first time. Both increases come with a steady increase in the popularity of the lottery's instant games.
Illinois Lottery Superintendent Jodie Win ...
Aug 1, 2008, 9:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery gives players a second chance
Non-winning tickets can be replayed for a chance to win $1 million
To launch its Replay for Riches summer promotion, the Illinois Lottery invited people across the state of Illinois to share one moment in their lives that deserved a second chance.
A camera crew set to the streets and talked to nearly 100 people about their second chance moments. Some responses included:
I would have called the guy that gave me his number. I wouldn't have re-gifted. I received a little mug and the ...
Jun 4, 2008, 1:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery-winning couple's White Sox love story
Alex Snelius remains true to team he and his late wife loved
If you're a faithful viewer of White Sox television broadcasts, you've heard the name Alex Snelius, and most of you have probably wondered who he is.
Snelius is synonomous with White Sox home runs. Every time they go yard, he donates $100 dollars in memory of his wife, Ursula, who was a huge Sox fan.
From the time I met my wife, Sox, always Sox, she loved it so much, Snelius said. The first time I seen her I fell in love ...
May 21, 2008, 12:48 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner demonstrates the right way to claim a big jackpot
The Illinois woman knew on Dec. 18, the winning lottery ticket she held would change her life.
On March 19, she was claiming an oversized check from the state and answering questions from news media.
That the winner picked up the $81.5 million prize, her half of a $163 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing, is a big deal.
That it took three months is a rarity. She spent the time to work with lawyers and financial advisers to maintain anonymity and protect assets something the state lo ...
Mar 20, 2008, 5:14 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery makes four lucky millionaires
The Illinois Lottery held its second-ever Millionaire Raffle drawing yesterday, which instantly created four millionaires.
The winning numbers can be viewed at http://www.lotterypost.com/il-lottery-raffle-2008-03-17.asp
The raffle drawing was held on March 17th St. Patrick's Day a day traditionally thought of as lucky . Four millionaires will certainly think so.
In addition to four $1 million top prizes, the St. Patrick's Day Millionaire Raffle also awards five prizes of $100,000 ...
Mar 18, 2008, 11:15 am - Lottery News forum
Man accused of stealing $10,000 lottery ticket from co-workers
Felony theft charges have been filed against the employee of a Collinsville business who pocketed a winning $10,000 ticket from an office lottery pool.
Curtis B. Devore of Collinsville was charged Wednesday with taking possession of a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket purchased last month by a group of employees at Bethel-Eckert Enterprises Inc. a grocery supplier for the military and cashing in the ticket.
Devore, 28, basically stole from everyone who would've won the money, said D ...
Mar 6, 2008, 1:53 pm - Lottery News forum
Some States Consider Leasing Their Lotteries
As chief operating officer of the California Department of Finance, Fred Klass gets pitches from Wall Street bankers as often as the rest of us might get cold calls from telemarketers or insurance agents. But when Kathleen Brown of Goldman Sachs came to his office earlier this year and suggested privatizing the state lottery, Mr. Klass listened closely.
It wasn't merely because Ms. Brown happened to be a former state treasurer as well as the daughter of one famous California governor and the ...
Oct 16, 2007, 10:05 am - Lottery News forum
More than $240 million unclaimed by lottery winners
In the past ten years, more than $240 million has gone unclaimed by winners of the Illinois Lottery.
State officials say lotto players often don't realize they've still won cash, even if they don't match every number.
More than $17 million is already unclaimed this year and officials say the problem is getting worse.
All unclaimed prize money now goes into a fund for the state's public schools.
Some lawmakers want to create online accounts to so people can buy lottery tickets and hav ...
Oct 16, 2007, 9:18 am - Lottery News forum
CPA turns $2 into $13M lottery jackpot
Steve Workman stopped by a grocery store in Champaign, Illinois, Friday before leaving town for the weekend and bought a $2 lottery ticket.
Monday, he was back from his weekend trip and decided to check the numbers on several lottery tickets he was holding when he stopped to fill his car with gas.
To his surprise, he discovered he was the single winner of $13.5 million jackpot in the Illinois State Lottery's Lotto drawing held Saturday night.
I couldn't stop laughing. It was funny as h ...
Oct 12, 2007, 4:52 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner took a 2nd chance, walked away with $1 million
O.K. Welty III's last-minute lottery decision became a profitable one for his family.
Welty, a 44-year-old car salesman from Oregon, had been saving Illinois Lottery tickets he bought earlier this year. One of those tickets won him $1,000, which he thought was a pretty big jackpot.
He decided to enter the Lottery's second-chance game because I figured I didn't have anything to lose.
Welty typically plays the Lottery when the jackpots are high, and he'll buy the occasional scratch-off ...
Sep 26, 2007, 1:05 pm - Lottery News forum