Illinois fires lottery operator Northstar
Will continue to operate lottery for more than a year
The nation's first private company to manage a state lottery was fired Friday by the Illinois Governor after years of failing to make the lofty revenue targets it promised.
In a news release Friday, Gov. Bruce Rauner announced that his office had reached a termination agreement with Northstar Lottery Group that will remove the firm as private manager as of Jan. 1, 2017, or until a replacement is chosen.
The agreement also stipulated ...
Sep 19, 2015, 10:48 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois lottery winners file class-action lawsuit against state
Includes video report
Rhonda Rasche had a great plan for the $50,000 she won from a scratch-off Illinois Lottery ticket.
She wanted to help her best friend cope with the loss of her mother.
I wanted to take her and her sister on a trip because they were doing at-home hospice for her, and it was pretty tough on all of them emotionally [and] physically, said Rasche, 48, of Homer Glen.
She never made that trip. Instead, Rasche became one of two plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit file ...
Sep 10, 2015, 8:59 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery not paying big winners because state legislature won't pass budget
After years of struggling financially, Susan Rick thought things were looking up when her boyfriend won $250,000 from the Illinois Lottery last month. She could stop working seven days a week, maybe fix up the house and take a trip to Minnesota to visit her daughter.
But because Illinois lawmakers have not passed a budget, she and her boyfriend, Danny Chasteen, got an IOU from the lottery instead.
For the first time, we were finally gonna get a break, said Rick, who lives in Oglesby. And ...
Aug 28, 2015, 4:51 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois woman wins $15 million on instant lottery ticket
A Hanover Park, Illinois, woman recently won $15 million playing a World Class Millions Illinois Lottery ticket, according to an Illinois Lottery news release.
Michelle Baymon, of Hanover Park, bought one of three existing $15 million prize winning tickets and chose to take a lump sum of $9 million, as it requires less withholding, the release stated.
According to the release, she now plans to buy a house, a new car, invest some of the money and donate to a charity.
Baymon was home when ...
Aug 12, 2015, 9:40 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois postal worker wins $4 million lottery prize
An Elgin, Illinois, man has won a $4 million lottery prize after purchasing a ticket from Lundeen's Liquors in St. Charles.
Michael Stetar, 54, has been a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service for the past 17 years. He buys a lottery ticket weekly and won big after trying his luck on a new game.
He was on a break when he went into Lundeen's Liquors, 610 East Main St. in St. Charles, to get a snack and saw the Golden Casino ticket.
I feel luckier when I play a new game so ...
Jun 29, 2015, 6:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois lottery ticket wins $260M Mega Millions jackpot
By Todd Northrop
One lucky Illinois lottery player is a whole lot happier today, after they won a Mega Millions jackpot worth an estimated $260 million Tuesday night.
It's the fourth time the Mega Millions jackpot has been won this year. Another Illinois player took home $265 million on January 16, and New Yorkers claimed back-to-back jackpots on February 27 ($127 million) and March 24 ($59 million).
Last night's jackpot win is the second-largest prize in Illinois Lottery history, and t ...
Jun 3, 2015, 7:28 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois lottery director calls it quits
Michael Jones' run as Illinois Lottery Director is over.
Late Wednesday Jones sent a brief memo to his Lottery colleagues that said his job there is done. Jones went on to write that he had informed Gov. Bruce Rauner's chief of staff a while ago that he was planning to leave his post. Jones said his immediate plan is to go surfing at my home break, Seapark, next week.
In a statement to the Chicago Business Journal this afternoon, Gov. Bruce Rauner said he appreciated Michael Jones steppin ...
Mar 20, 2015, 8:59 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery offering free trolley service this Saturday in Chicago
To promote the upcoming St. Patrick's Day Millionaire Raffle, the Illinois Lottery is offering a free trolley service for people 18 and over in Chicago this Saturday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The St. Patrick's Day Millionaire Raffle trolleys will be available free in a continuous loop at the following locations throughout the day.
Union Station 200 S. Riverside Plaza House of Blues 329 N. Dearborn Street Bootleggers 13 W. Division Street The Cubby Bear 1059 W. Addison Street Bootleggers 13 W. ...
Mar 11, 2015, 4:11 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois man claims $265 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot
Years of playing Quick Pick tickets every day paid off for 70-year-old Jesus Davila Jr. in January when he won $265 million the largest prize in Illinois Lottery history.
I'm a regular Joe and I played and I won it, said Davila, as he smiled at a news conference Tuesday in the Thompson Center downtown, where Illinois Lottery Director Michael Jones presented him with an oversized check.
Davila, who lives in Naperville, won the Mega Millions jackpot on Jan. 16 and was the only person to mat ...
Feb 24, 2015, 5:23 pm - Lottery News forum
$270 million Mega Millions jackpot won in Illinois
By Todd Northrop
An Illinois lottery player won the first jackpot of 2015, worth an estimated $270 million in a Mega Millions drawing Friday.
The ticket, a quick pick meaning the numbers were selected randomly by the lottery terminal, was sold at Bucky's Express, 1202 Bloomingdale Road in west suburban Glendale Heights, said Illinois Lottery spokesman Mike Lang.
The store will receive a $500,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
It is the largest prize in Illinois Lottery history ...
Jan 18, 2015, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum