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Illinois Lottery
Address: 100 WEST RANDOLPH,
SUITE 7-274
Phone: (312) 793-2385
Fax: (312) 793-0591
Population: 12,910,409
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Superintendent : B.R. Lane
Year Lottery Founded: 1974
Sales FY 2014:
Sales FY 2015:
$2,802.3 billion
$2,837.8 billion
Sales Per Capita: $158.92
Number of Employees: 153
Number of Retailers - 7,583
Number of Terminals: 7,500
Number of ITVMs: 2,482
Advertising: Energy BBDO
Commenced 2009 - Awarded contract has an initial term of two years, with two one-year renewals possible.
Lottery Moved to CommonGround Agency for recent Campaigns.
Games Offered: Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto, Little Lotto, Pick 3, Pick 4, Instants.
Beneficiaries: State of Illinois Common School Fund
Jurisdiction: State of Illinois

Background Information


In 1973, legislation created the Illinois Lottery, and sales of the first weekly passive game began on July 30, 1974. The first draw took place on August 8 at the Illinois State Fair. By December 31 of that first year, 100 million lottery tickets had been sold.
The Lottery’s first instant game was introduced in 1975, and Pick 3 was its first draw game, launching six days per week in 1980. Lotto began in 1983. Versions of those original draw games are still offered today, along with Mega Millions, Powerball, Lucky Day Lotto and Pick 4.
At its launch, the Illinois Lottery was under the direction of Ralph Batch, a key figure in the early days of the lottery industry in North America. It is therefore no surprise that in recent years, the Lottery has continued that pioneer spirit with two groundbreaking contributions to the industry. Illinois is the first American lottery to have a private manager, as Northstar Lottery Group took over day-to-day management from the state in 2011 after a competitive bidding process. And on March 25, 2012, the Illinois Lottery became the first American lottery to offer regular ticket sales via the Internet. Illinois residents may purchase Mega Millions and Lotto tickets through an online interface. The timing was fortuitous, as the first week of Internet sales coincided with a record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot.
Illinois Lottery proceeds were originally sent to the state’s General fund, but 1985 legislation earmarked the funds for public education. Since then, the majority of lottery revenues have deposited into the state’s Common School Fund. In 2009, legislation specified that the Capital Projects Fund receives any excess revenues over the 2009 base. In addition, net proceeds from specialty instant tickets are dedicated to specific causes, including veterans programs, Multiple Sclerosis and other research beneficiaries.


News Archive for CY2016
December 13, 2016 Lawmakers Call for Legislative Hearing Into Illinois Lottery Instant Games
December 10, 2016 Report: Lottery Removed Tickets from Stores, Often Before Grand Prizes Were Awarded
November 17, 2016 Illinois Lottery’s ‘Veterans Cash’ Instant Game on Sale Statewide
October 12, 2016 Illinois Lottery Unveils New ‘Carolyn Adams Ticket For The Cure’ Instant Game
October 10, 2016 Governor Appoints Greg Smith the New Director of the Illinois Lottery
September 19, 2016 Governor Says Lottery Program Shows ‘Merit Pay’ Works
September 8, 2016 "Residual Value" Clause Could Add a Potential $56 Million String to Illinois Lottery Private Contractor Deal
July 28, 2018 Governor Rauner and Illinois Lottery Seek New Management Partner
July 11, 2016 Illinois Lottery Takes Next Step In Procuring New Private Manager
July 5, 2016 Lottery Challenges Auditor General’s Findings
June 25, 2016 Illinois Lottery Scrambled to Stay in Multistate Games Before Budget Impasse
June 17, 2016 Illinois Lottery Supports Governor's Short-Term Budget Proposal to Pay Winners
June 14, 2016 Déjà Vu - Illinois May Have to Once Again Stop Paying Lottery Winners
June 11, 2016 State Lawmaker Calls for Illinois Lottery Probe in Light of Audit Findings
June 11, 2016 Illinois Lottery Director Announces Resignation
May 31, 2016 Rep. Ed Sullivan: Illinois Needs to Expand Online Lottery Offerings
May 23, 2016 Audit Says State lottery Broke Law to Circumvent Budget Impasse
April 9, 2016 The Illinois Lottery Goes Mexican
March 30, 2016 Government Seeks to Ban Online Lottery Firms from Outside the State Selling Tickets in Maharashtra
March 22, 2016 Measure Pending in the Illinois Legislature Would Create a New $3 Scratch Ticket to Help Fund Homeless Shelters
March 17, 2016 Illinois Lottery Unveils New Game to Raise Money for MS Research
March 3, 2016 Illinois Lottery Online Pilot Program at Risk of Expiration
February 16, 2016 Illinois Lottery to Unveil New Game to Benefit Special Olympics Programs
January 9, 2016 Lawsuit: Illinois Lottery Winners Sue for Interest Payments on Delayed Prizes

News Archive for CY2015
December 3, 2015 Judge Issues Order on Illinois Lottery
December 2, 2015 Illinois House OKs Money for Lottery
November 18, 2015 Judge Orders Settlement Talks in Lottery Lawsuit
November 15, 2015 llinois Lottery Ticket Sales Hit Low Point for the Year
November 11, 2015 Bill Passed for Illinois Lottery Payments, Bill Now Heads to Senate
November 11, 2015 Bill to Pay Lottery Winnings Blocked in the House
November 11, 2015 Unpaid Lottery Winners' Attorney Draws Other States Into Lawsuit
November 8, 2015 Proposed Bill Would Release Funds to Pay Lottery Winners
October 14, 2015 Illinois Lottery to Delay Payments to Winners of Prizes More Than $600
October 13, 2015 Illinois Lottery Seeks Industry Feedback in Search for New Manager
September 28, 2015 Request for Information (RFI) -Illinois Lottery Private Manager Partner
September 25, 2015 Illinois Lottery Moves Drawings from TV to Online
September 18, 2015 State Terminates Contract Agreement with Northstar Lottery Group
September 17, 2015 Revenue Not Increasing for Lottery
September 15, 2015 Class Action Against Lottery Expected to Widen
September 12, 2015 Payment of Lottery Prizes Should Not be Tied to Budget
September 9, 2015 Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Lottery for Non Payment of Winnings
September 1, 2015 Illinois Budget Impasse is Causing a Dent in Player Perception of the Lottery Brand.
August 28, 2015 Lottery Winners see Budget Agreement as a Definite Priority
June 9, 2015 Illinois Lottery Introduces Latest ‘Red Ribbon Cash’ Game
March 27, 2015 Governor Appoints Replacement Superintendent for Illinois Lottery
March 24, 2015 Illinois Lottery Veterans Scratch Off Tickets Provide for Non Profits
March 18, 2015 Michael Jones, Illinois Lottery Director, Hangs up his Hat as he ponders Business Opportunities and rides the Waves of Life
March 6, 2015 Illinois Lottery Launches The ‘MS Project’ Instant Game
February 10, 2015 Illinois Lottery Launches New Instant Game Awards $250,000 Instant Prizes, Raises Funds for Special Olympics Athletes
February 10, 2015 Illinois Lottery Launches New Instant Game Awards $250,000 Instant Prizes, Raises Funds for Special Olympics Athletes
December 29, 2014 “The Good You Do Comes Back to You”

News Archive for CY2014
December 8, 2014 Illinois Lottery Encourages Responsible Gaming
October 16, 2014 Illinois Lottery Wins Major Advertising Award
Oct. 15, 2014 Celebrate the Holidays Early with the Illinois Lottery’s New Instant Games
October 9, 2014 Illinois Lottery Debuts New ‘Carolyn Adams Ticket for The Cure’ Instant Game
October 9, 2014 Illinois Lottery New Instant Game Will Raise More Funds for Breast Cancer
Sept 9, 2014 Illinois Lottery Offers a 'Frenzy' of New Instant Games
Sept 9, 2014 Illinois Lottery to Withdraw My3 Game
September 3, 2014 Procurement Process to be in the Spotlight
August 15, 2014 Illinois to Sever Ties with Private Manager of Lottery
August 12, 2014 Private Lottery Operator Misses Target
July 17, 2014 Illinois Lottery Wins National Award for Underage Play Prevention Ad Campaign
July 10, 2014 Illinois Lottery Rocks the Chicago River….
July 10, 2014 States Private Management at Logger Heads with Lottery Over New Game
June 20, 2014 Illinois Lottery ‘Cash Booth’ Stirs Up Fans In Carbondale
June 22, 2014 Private Management Company’s Shortfall may Signal Reason to End Partnership
June 13, 2014 New Lottery Ticket Aimed at Special Olympic Summer Games
May 27, 2014 Illinois Senate Unanimously Confirms Michael Jones as Director of the Illinois Lottery
April 14, 2014 Will Northstar Lottery Group’s Performance Become an Issue in Illinois Gubernatorial Election
March 20, 2014 Lottery Management Company’s Effort to Halt Release of Business Plan Moves to Illinois Court of Claims
March 14, 2014 Lawmaker to File Legislation Offering Two Options to Expand Gambling in Illinois
March 13, 2014 Judge Rules Against Private Manager of Illinois Lottery
March 13, 2014 Illinois Lottery Reveals New Instant Games
March 12, 2014 Private Management Figures Indicate Revenue has been Flat for Lottery
March 6, 2014 Illinois Lottery Unveils New ‘MS Project’ Instant Game
February 17, 2014 Public Hearing on Expanded Gambling Postponed Due to Weather
February 17, 2014 Lawmaker Looks to Give Lottery Winners Option for Privacy
February 13, 2014 Illinois Lottery’s ‘St. Patrick’s Day Raffle’ Features 509 Prizes, Including Four $1-Mil Prizes!
February 13, 2014 Northstar Lottery Group Unveils Rockford After School Advantage Lab at Boys & Girls Club Blackhawk Unit
February 13, 2014 Illinois Lottery’s ‘St. Patrick’s Day Raffle’ Features 509 Prizes, Including Four $1-Million Prizes!
January 17, 2014 ‘plus FIREBALL # Now Drawn with Every Illinois Lottery Pick 3 and Pick 4 Game
January 8, 2014 Illinois Lottery Celebrates the New Year with New Instant Games

News Archive for CY2013
December 16, 2013 Illinois Lottery Doing Well - Lottery Sales Are up Half a Billion Dollars, to $577 million
November 14, 2013 Lottery Private Manager Hopes to Invigorate Sales as it faces a Third Year of Missed Sales Projections
November 6, 2013 Illinois Lottery Awarded Level 3 World Lottery Association Responsible Gaming Certification
October 31, 2013 A Little Trickery from Illinois Lottery Staff is a Treat for Superintendent Michael Jones!
October 24, 2013 Get Your Illinois Lottery Halloween Millionaire Raffle Tickets Before it’s Too Late
October 18, 2013 Illinois Lottery Invites Players on a Shopping Spree with New Scratch Ticket
October 10, 2013 Illinois Lottery Launches Campaign to Introduce Hit or Miss Game
September 12, 2013 Illinois Lottery Kicks Off New 'Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure' Instant Game
August 30, 2013 Aaron Jaffe Reappointed to Illinois Gaming Board
August 29, 2013 Lottery Retailers to Offer Pick 3 and Pick 4 plus Fireball
August 13, 2013 Northstar Lottery Group Partners with Local Organizations to Provide Backpacks for Students
August 13, 2013 Lottery Manager Seeks Lower Profit Projection
August 13, 2013 Illinois Lottery Debuts August Instant Tickets
August 9, 2013 Lottery Executives at Odds with Private Lottery Manager
August 7, 2013 Keno Style Game Blocked by State Regulators
August 5, 2013 Northstar on its Way to Meeting Expectations
August 2, 2013 Party like a Celebrity with the Illinois Lottery’s ‘Anything’s Possible’ Music Series
July 31, 2013 Lottery Management Company Disputes Tribune Findings
July 17, 2013 State’s Private Lottery Manager May Incur Penalties for Missed Sales Target
July 15, 2013 Record Illinois Lottery Sales and Profits In FY13
July 13, 2013 Illinois Lottery Marks Changes to its Lotto Game
July 12, 2013 Lottery Transfers $17.8 Million to Public Education Fund
July 11, 2013 Advertising Agency lands New Account on the Back of its Illinois Lottery Success
July 11, 2013 Illinois Lottery Updates Lotto Beginning July 14
July 1, 2013 Illinois Auditor Cites Errors In Lottery Reports
July 1, 2013 The Illinois Lottery Lights up the Illinois Sky
June 5, 2013 Illinois Lottery Launches Nation's Only HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention Instant Game -- 'Spread the Word'
June 2, 2013 Lottery Adds Midday Drawing
May 23, 2013 Gambling Bill in Final Negotiations
May 21, 2013 Pension System to Take Priority Over Casino Discussions
May 18, 2013 Administrative Error Causes Players Winning Checks to Bounce
May 11, 2013 Profit Goal May Elude Private Management Company for Second Year
May 8, 2013 Illinois Lottery Partners with Problem Gambling Awareness Organizations to form the Illinois Alliance on Problem Gambling
May 8, 2013 Illinois Lottery Sprouts New Instant Tickets for May
May 2, 2013 Senate Approves Gambling Bill
April 26, 2013 Gaming Board Head Has Concerns With Gambling Bill
April 23, 2013 Welfare Reform Package Prevents Spend on Lottery Tickets
April 10, 2013 Chairman Says Gaming Board Will Require Additional Resources to Implement State's Gambling Expansion Program
April 3, 2013 Largest Powerball Jackpot Ever Won in Illinois
April 3, 2013 Illinois Lottery Launches New Instant Game Family in April
March 31, 2013 Reworked Bill Gives Lawmakers Hope for Gambling Expansion
March 27, 2013 State Senator's Bill Would Withhold Gambling Winnings from Those Owing Child Support
March 25, 2013 Online Expansion of Lottery Games
March 18, 2013 Governor Touts That Lottery Management Model Needs Improvement
March 16, 2013 Lottery’s New Game Will Benefit MS Project
March 15, 2013 Lottery Claims Private Operator Owes a Penalty Payment of $20 Million
March 7, 2013 chicago Casino Development Authority Act Would Authorize the Creation of the Division of Internet Gaming Within the Illinois Lottery
March 6, 2013 Illinois Lottery Continues with Campaign to Transform the Way it Advertises
March 6, 2013 Illinois Lottery’s Newest Scratch Tickets Arrive Just in Time for St. Pat’s Day
March 4, 2013 Governor Vetoes Gambling Expansion
March 1, 2013 Comedian Andy Richter Stars in New Illinois Lottery Campaign
February 13, 2013 Lottery’s St. Patrick’s Day Raffle Features Four $1 Million Prizes
February 11, 2013 The Illinois Lottery Launches ‘The Good Life’ Family of Games
January 31, 2013 Andy Richter Directs, Stars in Illinois Lottery “Trigger Spots”


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