Illinois lottery

Illinois Lottery

A newspaper reports that the Illinois Lottery didn't prevent a private company running its scratch-off games from pulling the games before all tickets were sold and the prizes were awarded.

The Chicago Tribune reports that former Illinois Lottery Director Michael Jones says he relied on the Northstar Lottery Group to manage the lottery and that the state lottery's contract with Northstar left lottery officials with little choice but to watch the company stop selling popular scratch-off games.

Illinois Lottery

A Belvidere woman won a quarter of a million dollars in the Illinois Lottery Crossword game.

According to a news release from the Lottery, that is the top prize for the $10 scratch-off ticket.

Martha Barradas, a Belvidere resident of 15 years, says she was “so surprised” that she won. She said so while presenting her ticket at the lottery Prize Center in Rockford.

State lawmakers want an investigation after a newspaper found the Illinois Lottery sold instant tickets but didn't hand out many cash grand prizes.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the bi-partisan group of lawmakers is calling for legislative hearings after the newspaper's report.

Democratic state Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie says if a lottery game promises a pay out and it doesn't provide the prize then "we've lied to the people who bought the tickets."

Illinois Lottery

State officials are officially seeking a new private manager for the Illinois Lottery after moving to terminate Northstar Lottery Group's contract last year.

Gov. Bruce Rauner announced the release Thursday of a request for proposal on a 10-year $300 million contract.

He says proposed contract changes eliminate past problems.

Illinois awarded Chicago-based Northstar a contract in 2010. The company was criticized about its management style and not meeting revenue goals.

Under September's termination agreement, Northstar continues operations until 2017.

Illinois Lottery

Illinois Lottery officials say they support a short-term budget proposed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner because it would pay lottery winners.

The state of Illinois remains without a budget after Rauner and Democratic leaders couldn't come to an agreement. Last year lottery winners sued when the state withheld winnings because of lack of a budget.

A patchwork plan allowed lottery winners to eventually be paid but it expires June 30, the end of the budget year.

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