Illinois lottery

Illinois Lottery

The Illinois lottery is launching a new version of an instant game designed to provide funds to help the mentally disabled. 

It has a top prize of $50,000 and all proceeds go to the Special Olympics.  Human Services Secretary James Dimas calls the program rewarding.  

"The opportunities that Special Olympics provides to children and adults with intellectual disabilities are unparalleled," he says.  "Special Olympics helps to create a sense of belonging and a sense of community, while at the same time encouraging self expression."

A lawsuit has been filed in a southern Illinois court against the company that managed the Illinois Lottery.

The Belleville News Democrat reports that the lawsuit filed in St. Clair County alleged Northstar Lottery Group defrauded businesses that sold scratch-off tickets and the individuals who bought them.

The lawsuit comes after a Chicago Tribune story that found that the private company pulled scratch-off game tickets from stores before all had been sold and before all the grand prizes had been awarded.

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."