2 mammoth jackpots won this weekend
By Todd Northrop
Two multi-state lottery games gave up millions in their latest drawings as lucky ticketholders snagged the grand prize jackpots.
The first big winner matched all six numbers drawn for the estimated $133 million Mega Millions jackpot Friday night. The winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased at a BP gas station located at 1000 East Southline Road in Tuscola.
The winning Mega Millions numbers were: 13, 21, 28, 34, and 40, with Mega Ball number 15. The Megaplier was 3.
Sep 19, 2016, 11:27 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery-winning couple 'defrauded' by tax business
Includes video report
A husband and wife who won big off a 2014 Illinois Lottery scratch-off say they don't want what happened to them to happen to anyone else.
Rafael Borsas says he and his wife, who make less than $80,000 a year, went to a nearby Key Express Tax service to have their taxes prepared for them. Instead of being charged $160 for a 1040 single family house owners service, they were overcharged nearly $2,000: $300 for income tax and $1,700 for a gambling bonus.
The commissi ...
Sep 6, 2016, 11:44 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Gov. signs bill ensuring lottery prize payments
By Todd Northrop
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Thursday night signed a bill giving the Illinois Lottery legal authority to continue all prize payouts if a budget deal is not reached.
By passing SB 2047, Governor Rauner and the General Assembly are ensuring that the Illinois Lottery can continue its mission of supporting K-12 education, capital projects and select charitable causes throughout Illinois, said Acting Director Tim McDevitt.
On December 7, 2015, Governor Rauner signed SB 20 ...
Jul 1, 2016, 11:55 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery winners again might not get paid
People who've waited more than a year for Illinois leaders to finish a state budget might start to feel like the prospects of a compromise are similar to the odds of winning the lottery.
Now, Illinois Lottery winners might again face the prospects of not being paid their jackpots in a timely manner if no spending deal is struck by the end of the month.
Last year, lottery winners sued the state to get their payouts and eventually did after Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers agreed on a patchwo ...
Jun 17, 2016, 12:03 pm - Lottery News forum
Puzzling cliff-hanger remains in case of poisoned lottery winner
With his departure from office this week, a county medical examiner leaves behind a beguiling mystery set in motion more than three years ago with his sensational declaration that a Chicago businessman who had just won a $1 million lottery prize was poisoned by cyanide.
Cook County Medical Examiner Stephen Cina's finding that Urooj Khan's death was a homicide led to the exhumation of his body, divided his family and drew flocks of international reporters to Chicago to cover the story.
Jun 12, 2016, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
State lawmaker calls for Illinois Lottery probe in light of audit findings
Lottery head resigns, another possible winner payout shutdown looms
A state lawmaker is calling for an investigation of the Illinois Lottery after a recent audit revealed it had violated the state finance law.
The audit found that the Lottery circumvented the state's budget impasse by prepaying $20 million to take part in future multi-state lottery games, such as Powerball and Mega Millions.
State Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, said he wants either Illinois State Attorney General Lisa Mad ...
Jun 12, 2016, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Audit: Illinois Lottery broke law to get around budget impasse
Eleven months ago, just as the state budget impasse was about to take hold, the Illinois Lottery violated state finance law by prepaying $20 million to take part in future multi-state lottery games, according to an Auditor General's report.
Lottery officials made the prepayment because they were worried that a budget stalemate could prevent the state from participating in the Multi-State Lottery Association's future Powerball and Mega Millions games, according to the audit.
The state's Lot ...
May 21, 2016, 5:14 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois woman wins $500 a week for life
Debbie Howard was spending spring break in Florida when she got a call from her father.
He asked her when she was coming home. Howard thought the question was a little strange. She told him about the trip, and he knew when she planned to return home.
Then he told her to come by his house. He had a card she needed to sign.
She was confused at first.
He said 'I need you to sign a Lotto ticket that you won for $500,' Howard said.
Then he added that the prize was $500 a week for the ...
Apr 21, 2016, 8:08 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery gives out free gas, groceries, treats
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.
Apr 4, 2016, 7:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery to stop online, mobile app sales of single tickets
Legislation to save online sales fails
In less than two weeks, Illinois Lottery players hoping to strike it rich with single tickets purchased online or via the lottery's mobile app will be out of luck.
The Illinois Lottery Internet Pilot Program allows single tickets for the state's Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto games to be purchased online or via its mobile app. The test run ends March 25, according to a statement from the Illinois Lottery.
Bills that would have allowed the progr ...
Mar 9, 2016, 11:36 am - Lottery News forum