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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 : Gregory Smith (Acting Director)
Year Lottery Founded: 1974
Sales FY 2014:
Sales FY 2015:
Sales FY 2016:
$2,802.3 billion
$2,837.8 billion
Sales Per Capita: $158.92
Number of Employees: 153
Number of Retailers - 7,749
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.


Regional Lottery / Gaming News

News Archive for CY2018
July 30, 2018 Camelot Global Congratulates Arkansas and Illinois Lotteries on Record-Breaking Sales and Increased Profits
July 30, 2018 New Lottery Game to Benefit Families of Fallen Police Officers
July 14, 2018 Governor Names Interim Director of Illinois Lottery
June 14, 2018 Camelot Seeks to Raise Illinois Lottery Sales by $1.2 Billion by End of 10-Year Contract
June 8, 2018 Red Ribbon Cash’ Grants Announced; Illinois Lottery Launches New Ticket
June 6, 2018 Bill Would Change the Way Lottery Administers Instant Games
April 11, 2018 Illinois Lottery Winners Could Be Anonymous Under Proposed Legislation
April 8, 2018 Bill to Protect Identify of Illinois Lottery Winners Under Consideration
March 8, 2018 Illinois Lottery’s St. Patrick’s Day Raffle On Sale Now!
January 4, 2018 Law Firm Concludes Investigation Into $2 Billion Illinois Lottery Contract

News Archive for CY2017
October 21, 2017 Illinois Lottery Unveils Deal with New Private Manager
October 10, 2017 One Protest Filed in Relation to Proposed Illinois Lottery Deal
October 4, 2017 Lawmakers Seek Answers About Illinois Lottery's Manager Deal
September 22, 2017 Illinois Lottery Private Management Contract Awarded to Camelot Illinois
August 12, 2017 Check Your Tickets! Largest-Ever Jackpot Won in Illinois
August 5, 2017 Illinois Lottery Closer to Getting New Manager
July 27, 2017 Illinois Lottery Says State Budget Impasse Cost it Almost $4M in Sales
July 10, 2017 State Of Illinois Loses $4 Million in Lottery Revenue Due to Budget Crisis
July 6, 2017 Illinois Lottery Resumes Selling Mega Millions, Powerball Tickets
June 29, 2017 Illinois Powerball, Mega Millions Suspended – as Threatened
June 27, 2017 Powerball Ticket Sales to be Suspended Wednesday, Mega Millions on Friday Due to Lack of Funding
June 15, 2017 Illinois May Lose Powerball, Mega Millions Multistate Lottery Games if Budget Impasse is Not Resolved
May 10, 2017 Illinois Lottery Director Questions Privatization Model
March 24, 2017 Illinois Lottery's Private Manager Faces Second Lawsuit Alleging Fraud
March 9, 2017 Illinois Lottery Manipulation Suit Moved To Federal Court
February 14, 2017 Illinois Lottery Launches Special Olympics Ticket
February 7, 2017 Northstar Lottery Group Accused of Defrauding Illinois Retailers and Purchasers of Lottery Scratch Off Tickets

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”


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