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 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
Wyoming Lottery commission selects vendor
In a major step toward getting a statewide lottery up and running, the Wyoming Lottery Corp. board on Friday selected international gaming giant Intralot as the state's lottery vendor, pending negotiation of a contract with the company.
Intralot, based in Athens, Greece, would provide the machines from which Powerball and Mega Millions tickets would be purchased as well as other technical services.
Board chairman Brian Scott Gamroth said the step provides a light at the end of the tunnel, ...
Mar 22, 2014, 8:00 am - Lottery News forum
GTECH picked to run Indiana Lottery
The Hoosier Lottery board voted Wednesday to hire a private company to oversee sales, marketing and other operations with the goal of earning the state about $2.1 billion in additional revenue through 2028.
The board chose Rhode Island-based GTECH which provides similar services to the Illinois lottery and provides some computerized game services in Kentucky at the recommendation of Hoosier Lottery officials, who conducted an expansive review of the two companies vying for the 15-year contrac ...
Oct 3, 2012, 8:19 pm - Lottery News forum
Penn. Lottery gets advice from Illinois on privatization
State trying to decide if privately operating the lottery is right approach
Pennsylvania is currently looking into privatizing its lottery, but one official with the Illinois lottery, the only private system in the nation, is warning the commonwealth to carefully plan how it would choose a company to manage day-to-day operations.
Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones says in the Land of Lincoln, potential overseers had to estimate how much money they'd be able to bring into the lot ...
Aug 9, 2012, 7:42 am - Lottery News forum
West Virginia Lottery rule change raises safety issue
Limited video lottery retailers and machine distributors raised concerns Wednesday that a proposed West Virginia Lottery Commission rule change could put their employees at greater risk of being robbed.
The commission is attempting to clarify state Lottery law regarding how video lottery retailers bar and club owners and machine distributors are to split their share of video lottery profits.
As drafted, the rule change would clarify that, under state law, payments between distributors and ...
Sep 29, 2011, 10:09 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota Lottery resumes ticket sales Thursday
By Todd Northrop
After being shut down for nearly three weeks due to a state government budget impasse, the Minnesota Lottery will begin selling lottery tickets again, starting Thursday, July 21.
The resumption of ticket sales follows a special legislative session that put an end to the government shut down. The state's Democrat governor relented, allowing the state budget to follow the Republican-majority state legislature's plan.
The lottery suspended operations on July 1. Beginning a ...
Jul 20, 2011, 4:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Minnesota Lottery suspended during government shutdown
By Todd Northrop
The budget impasse in the Minnesota state capital is having a widespread effect across the state including at the state lottery.
Many state services, including the Minnesota state lottery, ceased operations Friday.
The Lottery closed all its offices 5 p.m. Thursday, and no lottery tickets were available for sale after 11:59 p.m. During the shutdown, lottery tickets cannot be validated or paid out.
Players currently holding winning tickets should sign them immediately ...
Jul 2, 2011, 9:51 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery upgrading retailer systems
Iowa Lottery officials are ready to roll out a new computer system in April at 2,400 retail sites in hopes that it will boost sales of popular games such as Powerball and Mega Millions and reduce crime.
The first new system in a decade will offer Iowa Lottery customers the promise of speedier service and a reduced chance of being cheated out of a jackpot by unscrupulous retail clerks, state officials said.
For die-hard lottery players, and thousands of Iowans fall into this category, the b ...
Mar 16, 2011, 9:09 am - Lottery News forum
Decision on privatizing Illinois Lottery 'within days'
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn could select a private firm to manage the Illinois State Lottery as soon as next week, but some lawmakers would rather keep the lottery under state government.
Two bidders are vying for the right to privately manage the Illinois State Lottery. Earlier this week at a public hearing held in Chicago, the Northstar Lottery Group and the Camelot Group both presented their proposals to a state commission.
The Northstar Lottery Group is a combination of three different com ...
Sep 10, 2010, 8:37 am - Lottery News forum