Illinois lottery

Illinois Lottery

A private company hired to manage the Illinois lottery remains on the job more than two years after the state first moved to fire it for missing sales goals, and the firm is now able to collect more in fees than under its original contract.


That's the finding of an Associated Press review of Northstar Lottery Group.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says the delay reflects challenges states have faced since turning some lottery operations over to the private sector.

Illinois Lottery

A lawsuit accusing the company that runs the Illinois Lottery of fraud has been moved from county court to federal court.


The Belleville News Democrat reports that the change was made after Northstar Lottery Group's attorney requested the move.

The attorney said the case should be heard in the U.S. District Court of Southern Illinois because the company "is not a citizen of Illinois" and the amount of money at issue is more than $75,000.

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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.

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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.