Hitting the jackpot: Rebecca Hargrove's winning strategy
Tenn. Lottery CEO says tickets seem recession-proof, help fund college educations
You may not have heard of Rebecca Paul Hargrove, but in the lottery world, she's a celebrity.
The brash, hard-charging CEO of the Tennessee lottery has accomplished what nobody else has in the state-run gaming business. She ran the lottery in Illinois where sales topped $1.3 billion. Next, Hargrove moved to Florida, where she set a new record: $95 million in sales the first week.
In Florida, Hargrove's mar ...
Mar 29, 2009, 11:37 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery creates four lucky millionaires
The Illinois Lottery held its fourth-ever Millionaire Raffle drawing yesterday the second on St. Patrick's Day which instantly created four millionaires.
The complete list of winning numbers for the raffle can be found at Lottery Post's Illinois Lottery Results page (www.lotterypost.com/results/il).
The raffle drawing was held on March 17th St. Patrick's Day a day traditionally thought of as lucky . The four new millionaires will certainly think so.
In addition to four $1 million top pr ...
Mar 18, 2009, 11:46 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois lottery has 1 winner in $4 million jackpot
The Illinois State Lottery says one player matched all six numbers in Monday night's Lotto drawing, earning a prize of $4 million.
The lottery says the winning ticket was purchased at a mini mart in Mapleton, a village near Peoria. The Lotto grand prize for Wednesday night's drawing resets to $2 million.
Also on Monday, 26 players matched five of the six winning numbers and will receive second prizes of $606.50 apiece.
Another 1,117 players matched four of the six winning numbers - good ...
Feb 24, 2009, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Senate president hopes to expand lottery
Internet sales being contemplated
Hoping to squeeze more money out of the state lottery, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton wants to sell tickets online and hire a private company to manage and market the games.
Cullerton thinks new technology and fresh ideas could help Illinois facing what could be a $9 billion hole in next year's budget dramatically boost lottery revenues.
I would venture to say you could potentially even double it, the Chicago Democrat said in a recent intervi ...
Feb 16, 2009, 9:38 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery win bad news for gas station employees
Store owner allegedly sold winning lottery ticket, fired staff to avoid sharing commission
Selling the winning lottery ticket turned out to be unlucky for four employees at the gas station that sold the $25.5 million ticket Jan. 3.
The employees, a former manager and three cashiers, allege that they were fired because the Wadsworth Mobil owner did not want to share the one percent commission he received for the winning ticket.
I'm kind of sorry we sold the winning ticket only because i ...
Jan 29, 2009, 11:00 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery awards $105M ad contract
Energy BBDO awarded multi-year contract worth $105 million
The Illinois Lottery announced Thursday that it has awarded Energy BBDO its $105 million general market advertising contract.
Energy BBDO, along with Omnicom partners OMD and The Integer Group, will assist Lottery with strategic planning, media planning and buying, creative development and production, promotion, Web development and other marketing communication endeavors.
The Illinois Department of Revenue put out a request for ...
Jan 23, 2009, 1:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois House approves privatizing state lottery
Illinois would raise $10 billion for building roads and schools by privatizing its state-run lottery for half a century under a plan the House approved Wednesday night.
After years of resisting, Speaker Michael Madigan and his House Democrats approved turning the lottery over to a private vendor because Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the Legislature have never agreed on another way to pay for a statewide construction program.
The House also voted to restore some of the painful budget cuts Gov. R ...
Sep 12, 2008, 3:15 am - Lottery News forum
Woman bets $50,000 of her lottery win for chance at $1 million
It's been said lightning never strikes twice, but Judith Yap is betting 50 grand that the old maxim is wrong.
Last month the Glen Ellyn nurse assistant won $150,000 in the Illinois Lottery, and now she's hoping to parlay it into $1 million in a single, 1-in-6 drawing. If she loses, she'll walk away with $100,000.
Yap will learn whether the gamble pays off at a lottery drawing at the end of September at U.S. Cellular Field on Chicago's South Side.
It's certainly a risk not many people wo ...
Aug 8, 2008, 9:57 am - Lottery News forum
Some may say times are tough, but lottery spending doesn't show it
Illinoisans apparently haven't lost an appetite for lottery tickets, even though some say they are pinching pennies elsewhere in their personal budgets.
Sales figures for the Illinois Lottery were up nearly 3 percent to about $2.08 billion in the fiscal year that ended in June.
In the year before, the lottery hit $2 billion in sales for the first time. Both increases come with a steady increase in the popularity of the lottery's instant games.
Illinois Lottery Superintendent Jodie Win ...
Aug 1, 2008, 9:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery gives players a second chance
Non-winning tickets can be replayed for a chance to win $1 million
To launch its Replay for Riches summer promotion, the Illinois Lottery invited people across the state of Illinois to share one moment in their lives that deserved a second chance.
A camera crew set to the streets and talked to nearly 100 people about their second chance moments. Some responses included:
I would have called the guy that gave me his number. I wouldn't have re-gifted. I received a little mug and the ...
Jun 4, 2008, 1:06 pm - Lottery News forum