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Illinois Lottery

The Epic Illinois Treasurer's Race Finally Comes to a Close

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.19.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With the count of absentee and provisional ballots the lead switched from Republican Tom Cross by a few hundred votes to Democrat Michael Frerichs by a few thousand votes in a day. Cross condeded to Frerichs Wednesday.

The Illinois Treasurer's Race Could Become the Closest in State History

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.12.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

For pre-1998 elections, the only way to compare closeness in statewide elections -- state constitutional offices and U.S. Senate -- is to sift through paper records.

Teen Wins $4 Million Lottery Prize From Scratch-Off Tickets She Received As A Birthday Gift

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 10.31.2014 | Good News

Now this is one unforgettable birthday. Deisi Ocampo of Chicago received a gift from her father when she turned 19 earlier this month, just as man...

Man Wins Lottery On Fiancée's Birthday Ahead Of Wedding

Posted 06.22.2013 | Chicago

A suburban Chicago man should start calling his new bride "lady luck." Louis Gardner of suburban Hillside recently married his partner of 15 years,...

Lottery Win 'Makes Me Feel Like I'm Somebody'

Posted 05.24.2013 | Divorce

What goes around, comes around. A hard-working single mom from Illinois won a $1,040,000 lottery jackpot on Wednesday. "Everybody has said the ...

Illinois Mega Millions Winner: Life Won't Change 'All That Much'

Posted 04.18.2012 | Chicago

The last Mega Millions lottery winner came forward in Red Bud, Illinois Wednesday to claim his share of the record $656 million grand prize. Retire...

Small Illinois Town In The Mega Millions Spotlight

Posted 04.01.2012 | Chicago

An Illinois farm town with a population of 3,700 finds itself newly on the map after one of three winning Multi Million tickets was sold out at a conv...

Mega Millions Jackpot Hits Record $540 Million

AP | By SHANNON MCFARLAND | Posted 03.30.2012 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- With a record $540 million Mega Millions jackpot in play, Illinois picked the right week to become the first state in the nation ...

Illinois Lottery Ticket Sales See Huge Spike Online

Posted 03.26.2012 | Chicago

Illinois became the first state to sell lottery tickets online Sunday morning, and from the response so far, it seems like the revenue-generating move...

Lizzie Schiffman

Online Lottery Ticket Sales Coming Soon To Illinois | Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 03.22.2012 | Chicago

Starting bright and early Sunday, Illinois gamblers will be able to try their luck from the comfort of their own homes as the state becomes the first ...

Man Wins $1 Million Lottery Prize Twice In One Decade

Posted 01.11.2012 | Chicago

A suburban Chicago man who won $1 million from the Illinois Lottery's "Merry Millionaire" instant game won the exact same amount -- in the same scratc...

Checks Bounce For Lottery Winners

Posted 01.06.2012 | Chicago

The Illinois Lottery officials apologized to about 85 winners Friday after their winning checks bounced. Maureen Furio of Lake Zurich, Ill. told C...

$2.4 Million Worth Of Unclaimed Lottery Winnings Set To Expire

Posted 12.21.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois Lottery on Wednesday announced that some $2 million worth of prizes from the past year remain unclaimed and are set to expire beginning J...

Man Gets 23 Years In Jail For Robbing Lotto Winner

AP | Posted 06.02.2011 | Chicago

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. — A 35-year-old suburban Chicago man who targeted and shot an Illinois Lottery winner has been sentenced to 23 years in pr...

Man Does Taxes Early, Wins Last-Minute $9 Million Jackpot

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Unlike most of us, Irving Przyborski didn't wait until April 14 to fill out his taxes this year. He got around to it in mid-March -- a decision that t...

Losing Lottery Contractor Accuses State Of Unfair Process

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The company that lost out on a lucrative bid to manage the Illinois State Lottery has protested the decision. Camelot Illin...

Two Finalists Picked For Illinois Lottery Contract

AP | TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Two private companies were named as finalists Monday for a lucrative, first-of-its-kind contract to manage Illinois' lottery and will ...

Generous Lottery Winner: 'I Wish I'd Won A Billion Dollars So I Could Keep Everyone Happy'

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Ten years after he and his wife won $64 million in the "Big Game" lottery, Alex Snelius wishes he'd won more money. The 73-year-old Palos Heights m...

llinois Lottery Makes Last Call For Private Manager Bids

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The Illinois Lottery made a last call for bids Friday from private companies looking to manage the agency's operations in a deal that ...

Quinn Privatizes Illinois Lottery's Management And Marketing

AP | TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Illinois' governor has awarded a lucrative, first-of-its-kind contract to manage the Illinois Lottery to a private company with strong...

Quinn's Secret Lottery Deal Must Be Stopped

Rep. Jack Franks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rep. Jack Franks

The stars are aligning for another bad deal for Illinois taxpayers, one that will dwarf the mistakes of Chicago's parking meter fiasco.

Illinois Lottery Contract Cloaked In Secrecy, Critics Say

AP | TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — With less than two weeks before Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn awards a lucrative, first-of-its-kind contract for the private management of t...

Illinois Should Better Manage the Lottery, Not Waste the Bucks

Rep. Jack Franks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rep. Jack Franks

Our state recently put the wheels in motion to hire a private management firm to run the Illinois lottery for the next decade. Under a privatization plan, taxpayers will lose out.

Illinois Lottery Could Come Under Private Management

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois Lottery is a gamble; pay a few bucks, and anyone's got a chance to win millions. But for the state of Illinois, the lottery is just the...

As Economy Flags, Lottery Sales Break Record But Profits Drop

Herald & Review | MIKE RIOPELL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Lottery sales continue to be steady during the flagging economy. (via)...