Rebecca Paul Hargrove: Former newswoman cashes in on lottery career
If running a state lottery is a risky business, you could say that Rebecca Paul Hargrove has hit the jackpot.
The onetime community affairs director of WICS-TV in Springfield, Hargrove then known as Rebecca Paul was named to head the Illinois State Lottery in 1985 by Gov. James Thompson.
She went on to be named the first director of Florida's lottery in 1987. Her lottery start-up experience led her to head Georgia's new games in 1993, and in 2003, she was named president and CEO of the ...
Apr 2, 2007, 1:54 pm - Lottery News forum
State Mourns Passing of Illinois Lottery Superintendent Carolyn Adams
Celebrated for leading agency to largest sales and profit figures in Lottery history
Carolyn Adams, 44, Superintendent of the Illinois Lottery since May 2003, passed away Monday morning in Chicago following a private struggle with breast cancer.
As head of the Illinois Lottery, Adams played a key role in increasing the Lottery's contribution to education. During her tenure, Adams was instrumental in overhauling the Lottery's product portfolio, introducing new games and drawings, improving ...
Mar 27, 2007, 11:06 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Is Putting Lottery on Block for Quick Payoff
The state of Illinois yesterday took the first steps in selling its state lottery system, hoping to attract as much as $10 billion from investors who, in return, would own a monopoly that could turn out to be the biggest jackpot yet.
The sale, which may occur as early as the spring, would not be the first privatization of public property - both Chicago and Indiana have recently earned billions of dollars by signing long-term leases with private companies to run toll roads. But the proposed l ...
Jan 23, 2007, 8:11 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois woman wins $7 million lottery jackpot
When Alberta James of Machesney Park, Ill. arrived home from work tired and soaked from the rain last week, she listened to a garbled message on her answering machine from her best friend about the Lottery. At the time, Alberta had no idea that her life was about to change.
When I called my friend back she said, 'Oh my God, you're rich. One winner has a $7 million ticket they bought from Vince's, and I'm sure it's you!' said James. She didn't believe her friend: You dream about it, but you ...
Nov 18, 2006, 9:57 am - Lottery News forum
Single winner takes $7 million Illinois Lotto jackpot
A single winner has taken the $7 million jackpot from the latest drawing of the Illinois State Lottery's Lotto game.
The ticket sold in Loves Park was the only one to match all six winning numbers from Wednesday night's Lotto drawing.
The next Lotto drawing will be Saturday night, and will feature a grand prize of $2 million.
Wednesday night's drawing also produced 20 second-prize winners who matched five of the six winning numbers and will receive prizes of $1004 apiece. Another 1,048 ...
Nov 9, 2006, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum
Greenup Jumpin' Jimmy's sells lottery ticket worth $12.25 million
Monday proved busier than normal for Jumpin' Jimmy's manager Becky Lewis.
I haven't gotten hardly any paperwork done today because I've been answering the phone so much, she said.
But what do you expect when word gets out that a $12 million-plus lottery jackpot ticket was sold at the small town fuel station?
Illinois Lottery officials confirmed that the lone winning $12,250,000 Lotto ticket was purchased at the Greenup Jumpin' Jimmy's on Saturday but was still unclaimed as of press ti ...
Oct 3, 2006, 12:33 pm - Lottery News forum
$10 Billion Lottery Proposal Stalls in Illinois
A proposal by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) to increase funding for public education by selling or leasing the state lottery for $10 billion may be headed nowhere.
Blagojevich announced the proposal with much fanfare on May 23, but no supporting legislation has been introduced, political leaders are peppering the governor with questions that have not been answered, and allegations of political payoffs and cronyism have surfaced.
A key inquisitor has been state House Speaker Michael Mad ...
Jul 26, 2006, 6:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois lottery privitization plan panned by tax group
An estimated $10 billion windfall from the sale or lease of the Illinois Lottery for state education funding would be short-lived, maintains a new report by the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, a Chicago-based fiscal policy think tank.
Introduced by Gov. Rod Blagojevich May 23, the proposal calls for funneling $4 billion in sale proceeds for school construction, text books purchases and new programs, such as full-day kindergarten and a longer school year.
The remaining $6 billio ...
Jun 22, 2006, 9:06 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Gov. won't reveal data on lottery sale plan
The Blagojevich administration said Tuesday it won't release a consultant's work on how much money the state could make by selling or leasing the Illinois state lottery. The administration compared such a move to sharing playbooks with rival sports teams.
Republicans have called for public disclosure.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich last week proposed privatizing the lottery to provide a bonanza of cash for education over the next few years. He said New York-based consultant Goldman Sachs estimated t ...
May 31, 2006, 7:36 am - Lottery News forum
Sale of Illinois Lottery could start a trend
If Illinois privatizes its lottery system, investors and public officials in other states will closely watch the groundbreaking move with an eye toward repeating it, a gaming industry leader predicted Wednesday.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat running for a second term in November, announced Tuesday a proposal to sell off or lease the state's lottery system to private investors in order to bolster school funding. He said the state could get $10 billion out of the deal and use the money to fu ...
May 25, 2006, 9:48 pm - Lottery News forum