$393 million Mega Millions jackpot won on ticket sold in Illinois
By Todd Northrop
One winning ticket sold in Illinois beat the odds and matched all the numbers drawn in Friday's Mega Millions drawing to win a massive $393 million jackpot.
The numbers that single lottery ticket from Illinois matched in Friday's drawing were 23, 33, 53, 56, and 58, with Mega Ball number 6. The Megaplier was 5.
The winning ticket was purchased at Nick's Barbecue in Palos Heights.
The lucky ticket holder will be the sole recipient of the fifth-largest Mega Millions ja ...
Aug 12, 2017, 8:52 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner's cyanide poisoning death remains unsolved five years later
Urooj Khan couldn't believe his luck in spring 2012 when he scratched off a second lottery ticket at a 7-Eleven near his home on Chicago's Far North Side and realized he had won $1 million.
When he accepted an oversized promotional check from Illinois Lottery representatives with his wife and teenage daughter at his side, he spoke of how his winnings would help him grow his dry-cleaning business.
But weeks later, before he had collected the actual winnings, Khan died unexpectedly at 46.
Jul 25, 2017, 8:21 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois lost $4 million by halting Powerball, Mega Millions sales
llinois lost nearly $4 million by shutting down Powerball and Mega Millions ticket sales because of the state budget impasse, a lottery official said Friday.
Lottery chief of staff Jayme Odom said the state lost about $2.4 million in revenue from Powerball and $1.5 million from Mega Millions during the ticket-sales hiatus. She said it's unclear whether sales have recovered since they were reintroduced Thursday night.
Late last month, the lottery announced it would halt sales of Powerball a ...
Jul 10, 2017, 8:40 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery resumes selling Mega Millions, Powerball tickets
By Todd Northrop
The Illinois Lottery has resumed sales of Mega Millions and Powerball tickets now that the state's budget stalemate has concluded, lottery officials said.
The state stopped sales late last month of the popular Powerball and Mega Millions games due to its inability to contribute to the prize pool without a budget in place.
Illinois Lottery Acting Director Greg Smith announced Thursday night that sales have resumed.
The Illinois Lottery is pleased to announce that sal ...
Jul 7, 2017, 10:42 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery to again delay large payouts due to budget woes
Powerball and Mega Millions going bye-bye too
Illinois Lottery players should prepare for a bit of deja vu with a twist if Illinois leaders don't pass a budget by Friday night.
Not only will the popular Powerball and Mega Millions tickets be off the shelf, but also any big winners of any of the other draw or instant games will have to wait to collect their cash.
The Illinois Lottery announced Tuesday that, without a budget or any special legislation, it won't be able to pay anyone winni ...
Jun 27, 2017, 7:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Chicago woman wins $250K from her first-ever lottery ticket
A Chicago woman won $250,000 from her first-ever lottery ticket, which she wasn't even planning to buy.
La Ongkwan Pinyapap instantly won the top prize after scratching a 25X The Money ticket, the Illinois Lottery said Wednesday in a statement.
This is the very first lottery ticket I have ever played! she said. My friend was buying a ticket, so I thought I should try one, too. We couldn't believe it when I won!
Pinyapap bought her ticket at the BP gas station on W. Fullerton Ave. in ...
Jun 26, 2017, 6:32 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois lottery players may lose Powerball and Mega Millions at the end of June
Legislation's refusal to deliver balanced budget threatens to cut off popular multi-state games
The association that runs the popular Powerball lottery and Mega Millions games will drop Illinois at the end of June without a budget agreement.
Concern over the state of Illinois' fiscal condition prompted that decision by the Multi-State Lottery Association, according to internal Illinois Lottery communications.
Illinois Lottery spokesman Jason Schaumburg on Thursday morning confirmed that ...
Jun 15, 2017, 3:52 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery has problem paying online winners
Includes video report
It's the worst case scenario for any avid lottery player you play and win, then have to fight for your money.
One of Jack Kielczynski's retirement pastimes is playing the Illinois Lottery: Pick 3 game online. And he's been doing fairly well the last month.
As his winnings added up, the retired police officer decided to cash in on about $1,600, which dated back to April 16th. The winnings were supposed to be transferred directly into his checking account. However, a ...
May 2, 2017, 9:02 am - Lottery News forum
Taxpayers pay millions in bonuses to outgoing lottery firm's staff
Illinois taxpayers have funded about $2 million in retention bonuses for employees of a private firm managing the lottery despite the firm performing so poorly Illinois is working to replace it.
A Tribune investigation has found the state approved paying bonuses as part of a complicated deal it struck in 2015 with the firm, Northstar Lottery Group. Northstar agreed to end its 10-year deal early if the state met a host of conditions, including paying Northstar disentanglement fees, which inclu ...
Mar 29, 2017, 9:21 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery private manager still on job after firing
Finding a new lottery manager proves tricky for state government
When Illinois lawmakers voted in 2009 to hire a private company to run the state's $2 billion-a-year lottery, they had high hopes of making more money that could be funneled into education and construction projects.
Then the company missed sales goals, and two governors tried to fire Northstar Lottery Group. But Northstar remains on the job more than two years later, and the firm is now able to collect millions of dollars mor ...
Mar 28, 2017, 4:21 pm - Lottery News forum