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
Illinois lottery players could lose ability to play online
A test program that allows Illinois Lottery tickets to be sold online expires March 25, and the state is likely to lose out on money for education and construction projects unless lawmakers take action.
A measure to make online lottery sales permanent has yet to move in the House, and lawmakers aren't scheduled to return to the Capitol until April 4.
In 2012, Illinois became the first state to sell lottery tickets online and gambling options expanded with the addition of a mobile app in 20 ...
Mar 4, 2016, 11:07 am - Lottery News forum
Deal struck, Illinois Lottery winners to be paid
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Democrats on Wednesday struck a rare agreement, compromising on a plan to release more than $3.1 billion to pay Illinois Lottery winners and help cities and towns operate 911 centers, plow roads and train firefighters.
Normally, municipalities receive a share of gas tax, 911 surcharge and gambling revenue to help prop up day-to-day operations, but those dollars have been on hold due to the state budget impasse. Legislation passed 107-1 by the House would ...
Dec 3, 2015, 10:42 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery sales lowest in two years
Our winners will be paid, Illinois Lottery Superintendent B.R. Lane said. After nearly three months of withholding payments due to the state budget impasse, the Illinois Lottery said it's not if winners will get their cash -- but when.
The Illinois Lottery saw a significant drop in ticket sales from September to October, which coincides with the state budget stalemate.
Because they're not sure when they'll be paid, our players are buying fewer tickets. It's really that simple, Lane said. ...
Nov 12, 2015, 11:33 am - Lottery News forum
Democrats hold up lottery payouts after Illinois Gov. compromises
After Illinois' Republican Governor Bruce Rauner froze the funds that pay out Illinois Lottery earnings last month, the governor made a compromise this week to get the funds flowing again. Now, however, the governor's office says it's the Democrats who are holding up the payouts.
House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25th) filed a motion to reconsider on House Bill 4305 after the House passed it yesterday with a 115-1 vote. The bill would free up tax money that has already been collec ...
Nov 11, 2015, 6:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Winners suing Illinois Lottery try to rope in other states
Multi-state lottery groups pushed back on Monday against a move by lottery winners in Illinois to drag dozens of states into a lawsuit against the Illinois Lottery's suspension of payments.
Illinois has halted payments on winnings of $600 or more due to the state's ongoing budget impasse.
A class action originally filed in September in U.S. District Court in Chicago seeking to force the Illinois Lottery to pay winners was amended last week to add as defendants lottery agencies in 43 states ...
Nov 9, 2015, 10:14 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery is not paying, but people are still playing
Joe Joost and several other city truck drivers thought they won $1 million in September.
However, they have yet to see a dime because the state comptroller has said they can't make payouts over $25,000 because the state hasn't approved a budget. In October, that payout limit was further reduced to just $600.
One state lawmaker says the Illinois Lottery is committing fraud, but Joost simply can't understand why people continue to play.
They announce they're not paying but yet they're st ...
Nov 3, 2015, 9:13 am - Lottery News forum