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Illinois Lottery gives out free gas, groceries, treats

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CHICAGO — The Illinois Lottery was giving away thousands of dollars worth of free gasoline, groceries, meals and sweets throughout the state on Monday, as part of its Luck is Everywhere promotion.

"I'm in shock," said a woman named Maryann as she laughed at her good fortune.

She had not planned to fill up her car's gas tank until Tuesday, but on a lark pulled in to the Delta Sonic gas station on Jefferson Street in Joliet on Monday, where the Lottery gave out $20 worth of free gas to 100 customers.

"It's a good day when you can get free gas," she said.

It was part of the Illinois Lottery's #luckiseverywhere promotion. Groceries and lottery tickets were given out at a location in Springfield. Donuts and lunch from food trucks in Chicago. Dinner and entertainment for veterans at the VA Medical Center in Marion.

Arlynd Edwards was another person who got free gas in Joliet.

"I was over at the gas station across the street, and somebody ended up coming over, saying 'They're giving away free gas.' I said, 'Y'all just lost a customer,'" he said.

Darryl Strauther had just bought gas at the Delta Sonic just before the promotion began at 10 a.m., so he went home and got his other car and got his $20 in free gasoline. He also called his brother and "everybody I knew" to tell them about it.

With the state in the middle of a severe budget crunch, WBBM tried repeatedly to ask the Illinois Lottery where the money came from for the promotion and how much was spent in total, but has not yet received an answer.

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amber123's avatar - OpIFNim

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Posted: April 4, 2016, 7:24 pm - IP Logged

Chic-Fil-A did the same thing here locally when they opened up a store, free chicken sandwiches, I had two and it was good !

    Drenick1's avatar - villiarna
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    Posted: April 4, 2016, 7:47 pm - IP Logged

    It's nice of them to give away freebies but the important question is have they started paying off those I.O.U.'s to past winners?

      sully16's avatar - sharan
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      Posted: April 4, 2016, 9:23 pm - IP Logged

      It's nice of them to give away freebies but the important question is have they started paying off those I.O.U.'s to past winners?

      I agree.

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        Posted: April 4, 2016, 11:51 pm - IP Logged

        It's nice of them to give away freebies but the important question is have they started paying off those I.O.U.'s to past winners?

        The payments were resumed some time in December of 2015.

        Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

        Lep

        There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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          Posted: April 5, 2016, 5:46 am - IP Logged

          Well, how kind of them .....now their next move should be is to dump their RNG and go back to their "true lottery drawings".....just one man's opinion  Smile Smile Smile

            cbr$'s avatar - maren
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            Posted: April 5, 2016, 11:20 am - IP Logged
            If IL. Lottery paid off all it is IOU's slips . Then this a nice promotion. IF they haven't paid them off. Then I think they such answer the question. Where is the money coming 
             from for this promotion?
              HaveABall's avatar - rocket

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              Posted: April 5, 2016, 11:45 pm - IP Logged

              Well, how kind of them .....now their next move should be is to dump their RNG and go back to their "true lottery drawings".....just one man's opinion  Smile Smile Smile

              I Agree!, Numbernutt!  I don't play the two Illinois on-line games that I used to play nearly as much since the RNG change ... it's hard to trust, since yet another security or employee has rigged multiple drawings in multiple states thanks to their friends and relatives assistance!

              Besides, I think it would be good to see the 3 part-time, friendly and encouraging game's ball drawers return! Theirs wasn't an extravagant salary anyhow.

              Lastly, I did find this article exciting!

              Lep

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