Iowa Lottery no longer sharing Illinois Lottery drawings
State started conducting its own Pick 3 and Pick 4 drawings Wednesday
Starting this week, it won't be share and share alike for Iowa Lottery players anymore.
Beginning Wednesday, April 16, Iowa Lottery players finally got their own Pick 3 and Pick 4 lottery numbers. Iowa has been sharing Pick 3 and Pick 4 numbers with Illinois since the games were introduced, in 1998 and 2003, respectively.
The time of the drawings also changed slightly, as did the deadline by which players must purchas ...
Apr 17, 2014, 8:38 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery mulling changes to drawings
Could this be a move to all-computerized drawings and the death of real drawings in Illinois?
After 20 years of perky hosts and ping pong balls, the future of live Illinois Lottery drawings on WGN-Ch.9 is up in the air.
Lottery officials said Tuesday they are considering parting ways with WGN-TV, home to daily drawings since 1994, when the current one-year contract expires in June. Advances in lottery technology, an influx of new games and the move by Tribune Co. to pull the evening drawin ...
Apr 16, 2014, 8:07 am - Lottery News forum
Northstar fights to keep Illinois lottery documents secret
The company hired to run the Illinois Lottery continued its fight to keep some documents under wraps, arguing their release would violate its contract with the state and expose company secrets to competitors.
At a hearing before the Illinois Court of Claims, Northstar Lottery Group argued today that lottery officials have no duty to release a marketing study and a business plan even though the Illinois Attorney General has advised the documents should be made public.
The firm asked the cou ...
Apr 15, 2014, 8:05 am - Lottery News forum
For some, Illinois Lottery app makes ticket-buying too easy
When Illinois launched its first-in-the-nation lottery app in January, Matthew Ruder quickly signed up so he could jockey for jackpots with just a tap of the finger on his smartphone.
It's really easy to buy lottery tickets on the big draw days, said Ruder, 40, of Pekin in central Illinois. I can just log in to it, add some money to it, buy some tickets, and then I have them right there instead of stopping at the store. It just makes it easier sometimes.
State lottery officials hope the ...
Apr 10, 2014, 8:31 am - Lottery News forum
Couple collect lottery winnings after misplacing ticket
A Downers Grove, Illinois, couple claimed a $1 million lottery prize Thursday after a brief but frantic search for their winning ticket.
Cathy and Dave Seiden won the prize after matching five numbers on their Mega Millions ticket for the March 18 drawing.
Cathy Seiden bought the ticket at her regular Jewel-Osco in nearby Woodridge, something she said she does every couple of weeks.
She gave the ticket to her husband, and they forgot about it until one of Cathy's co-workers told her tha ...
Mar 28, 2014, 8:31 am - Lottery News forum
Widow and daughter will split estate of poisoned $1 million lotto winner
The estate of a Chicago man who was poisoned to death right after he won $1 million on a scratch-off lottery ticket will be split between his widow and his daughter from a previous marriage, ending a fight in court.
The settlement was confirmed Thursday by a lawyer for the widow. The widow and daughter agreed not to sue each other for wrongful death unless a criminal investigation yields new information.
A medical examiner ruled in March that the lottery winner, Urooj Khan, was killed by c ...
Dec 13, 2013, 9:27 am - Lottery News forum
'Miracle' lottery win to let man visit gravely ill nephew, 7
Conrad Selle's sister in France called Sunday with bad news: If he wants to see his 7-year-old nephew, who is losing a hard-fought battle with leukemia, he should come now.
It was weighing on my heart, said the computer systems analyst who still is recovering from being out of work until March. I had no way to pay for it.
Then, that night, he won $10,000 in the lottery.
Thanks to what he said must be a providential thing, Selle and his son, Lucas, 15, will leave Monday for Paris. Beyo ...
Oct 14, 2013, 4:41 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery kicks off new 'Hit or Miss' game
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
For Illinois Lottery players one thing is certain: they would be hard-pressed to claim their lottery is boring.
After a string of game changes and new games that stretches back a year to when the My3 game was introduced, the Illinois Lottery is today revealing its latest new game: Hit or Miss.
The new game is nearly identical to a Texas Lottery game called All or Nothing, in which players choose 12 numbers out of a pool of 24, and prizes are det ...
Sep 22, 2013, 11:24 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery adds new feature to numbers games
'Fireball' feature now on sale
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
On Sept. 1, Illinois Lottery retailers will begin offering a new, optional feature called Fireball to its long-standing Pick 3 and Pick 4 daily draw games.
The new play option provides a chance to obtain more winning combinations.
The standard Pick 3 and Pick 4 games remain the same, as does the drawing schedule (seven days a week, twice a day) and game ticket price (starts at 50 cents).
Beginning Sunday, Sep ...
Sep 1, 2013, 11:49 am - Lottery News forum
Price and prize changes coming this Sunday for Illinois Lotto
By Todd Northrop
Citing the success of the multi-state lottery games like Powerball and Mega Millions offering jackpots in excess of $100 million every other month, the Illinois Lottery has decided to revamp one of its original games, Lotto, in order to give lottery players a chance at potentially bigger jackpots and better overall odds.
Starting Sunday, July 14, 2013, Lotto will cost $1 for each game-set, up from a price of $1 for two game sets. The higher price will enable larger jackpot ...
Jul 11, 2013, 1:58 pm - Lottery News forum