Illinois Lottery reopens 4 of 5 claim centers by appointment only
Des Plaines, Fairview Heights, Rockford, and Springfield to reopen
By Todd Northrop
The Illinois Lottery today announced that it will reopen four of its five Lottery Claim Centers by appointment only, starting July 27.
The new appointment-only system for Illinois Lottery Claim Centers will help protect the health and safety of Lottery players and staff, while managing the volume of players visiting each center by strictly adhering to social distancing and the building capacity guideline ...
Jul 20, 2020, 12:38 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery decreases Lotto jackpot increments
Change to follow the drawing on Monday, July 13
By Kate Northrop
The Illinois Lottery announced a change to its jackpot rollover increments on Tuesday.
After the drawing on Monday, July 13, 2020, the Lotto jackpot will increase by increments of $150,000 between drawings when a jackpot is not won. Such an increase is commonly referred to as a rollover .
The new rollover increase is down $100,000 from the current increase of $250,000.
According to the Illinois Lottery in a press rel ...
Jul 9, 2020, 11:14 am - Lottery News forum
Four out of five Illinois Lottery claim centers reopen today
Virtual lobby claim procedures and safety precautions in effect
By Kate Northrop
Illinois lottery players will find it easier to claim winnings in person now that four out of five of the state's claim centers are open.
As of today, the Des Plaines, Fairview Heights, Springfield (Lottery Headquarters), and Rockford claim centers are open. The claim center in the James R. Thompson Center (JRTC) in Chicago will remain closed to the public until a later date. Claim center hours of operatio ...
Jul 1, 2020, 11:22 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery releases 2020 MS Project instant ticket
100% of ticket proceeds fund research and treatment for people living with multiple sclerosis
The Illinois Lottery this week released its annual MS Project scratch-off ticket, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National MS Society. All proceeds from this ticket go to The MS Research Fund, which is devoted to finding a cure for multiple sclerosis (MS) and providing treatment for those living with the disease.
Here at ...
Mar 12, 2020, 9:51 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery winner puts half of $500,000 prize into Bitcoin
An Illinois resident who won $500,000 in the state lottery has revealed he put half of it into Bitcoin (BTC) back in May.
Reddit user Joxnlol posted an image of himself clutching the Illinois state lottery check on Nov. 5, with the caption: Did this. Then put half into BTC in May. Remind me in 8 months if I f****d up.
Later, Joxnlol posted multiple images of himself and the winning ticket as proof of his claim.
65% gain to date
Joxnlol's winning ticket sealed him the $500,000 bounty ...
Nov 5, 2019, 9:44 am - Lottery News forum
Corrections officer charged with forging lottery ticket worth $20,000
An Illinois correctional officer has been charged with forging a lottery ticket worth tens of thousands of dollars.
Darrell Barry, 46, is charged in Cook County with a felony count of fraud and a felony count of violation of Illinois lottery law, Illinois State Police said in a statement.
Barry turned himself into the custody of state police on July 12 at the Chicago Police District 1 headquarters, 1718 S. State St., state police said.
He allegedly attempted to cash an altered Illinois ...
Jul 19, 2019, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery glitch causes trouble for retailers, including overpayment to winners
The Illinois Lottery's transition to a new central gaming system has caused trouble for some retailers, including overpayments to winners.
The ticket validation issue was discovered Feb. 20 and resolved the same day, said Illinois Lottery spokesman Jason Schaumburg, who didn't know how much extra money was awarded.
Stores that paid out incorrect winnings can be reimbursed if they submit a written account of the error to the central lottery office in Springfield, said Bill Fleischli, the ex ...
Mar 4, 2019, 3:20 pm - Lottery News forum
Chicago man wins $20M prize on first lottery scratch-off
A Chicago man just won $20,000 a week for 20 years thanks to a persistent co-worker and his first-ever $20 scratch ticket.
The lucky winner had been playing the Lucky Day Lotto for 18 years but never won a big prize, according to Illinois Lottery officials. The man's co-worker consistently tried to get him to purchase an instant ticket, but he never did until now.
The man and his co-worker were at Plaza Food Liquor, at 3459 W. Ogden Ave., when the co-worker convinced him to scratch his fir ...
Feb 7, 2019, 6:58 am - Lottery News forum
One month left to claim $4M Illinois Lottery prize
Illinois lottery officials are searching for a mystery millionaire who has just one month left to come forward.
The winner of a $4 million prize sold at a Chicago gas station for the Feb. 23, 2018 Mega Millions drawing has just 30 days to claim their prize.
If you think you bought a ticket for this drawing, you may want to check your pockets, behind the sofa or wherever you may have placed a winning lottery ticket, the Illinois Lottery said in a statement.
The winning Mega Millions Me ...
Jan 25, 2019, 12:46 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery fixes problem that prevented some ticket sales
Pick 3 and Pick 4 games were affected
Several lottery players in Illinois were unable to purchase Pick 3 and Pick 4 tickets from retailers Tuesday, just before the midday drawing.
Around 5:50 p.m. Tuesday, Lottery officials said that the technical issue they experienced with Pick 3 and Pick 4 has been resolved.
Players can resume purchasing tickets for these games at Illinois Lottery retailers, according to a tweet. We apologize for the inconvenience. Tonight's 9:22 p.m. draw will take ...
Jan 16, 2019, 11:11 am - Lottery News forum