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Illinois Not Paying Out Big Lottery Jackpots Amid Budget Standoff

The Illinois Lottery says big winners since July 1st aren’t getting any money yet because there’s no state budget, meaning the state has no legal authority to pay out lottery winnings.

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Winning $260 Million Mega Millions Ticket Bought In Blue Island

Supermercado Imelda manager Dolores Diaz said she has no idea who the winning player is, and until Wednesday, wasn’t even aware of the store’s $500,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.


Priti Shah (Credit: Illinois Lottery)

Des Plaines Woman Wins $4M Lottery Prize For Mother’s Day

Priti Shah’s daughter gave her the three Illinois Lottery instant tickets on Mother’s Day, according to Illinois Lottery. She scratched the $100 Million Money Mania ticket with a penny and won the top, $4 million prize.


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Powerball Jackpot Up to $500M For Wednesday’s Drawing

The third largest Powerball jackpot has lottery players dreaming of what they’d do with their millions. It has been more than two months since anyone has won the Powerball jackpot, so the top prize money has rolled over to $485 million.


Kim Mallett (Credit: Illinois Lottery)

Mom To Send Daughter To Dream School After Winning Lottery

Kim Mallett purchased a Lucky Day Lotto ticket on Jan. 10, and matched all five numbers: 1, 10, 21, 27 and 37. The same day of the drawing, Mallett dropped her daughter off to taken an entrance exam for a private high school. When she checked her ticket later that day, she realized she won.


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Lotto Ticket Worth $16 Million Sold At Loop Store

he Illinois Lottery says the winning ticket for Thursday night’s Lotto drawing was sold in the lobby shop at 111 West Monroe.


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Lottery To Mega Millions Winner: ‘Call Us Immediately’

Someone still has yet to claim Friday’s $270 million Mega Millions jackpot, and lottery officials don’t want the winner to wait until after the holiday weekend to claim their prize.


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Winning Lotto Ticket For $270 Million Jackpot Sold In Glendale Heights

Someone in the Chicago area just hit a massive Mega Millions jackpot. WBBM’s Mike Krauser reports.


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‘Problem Gambling’ Page Includes Ad To Buy Lottery Tickets

John Oliver, host of “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” on HBO, made the lure of the lottery the centerpiece of his show on Sunday, and Illinois didn’t escape scrutiny.


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State Rep. Calls On Quinn To Fire Private Group Running State Lottery

A state lawmaker is calling on Governor Quinn to fire the company that runs the Illinois lottery, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


Shirley Stojack bought a winning $2.5 million Illinois Lottery instant game ticket for her son Daniel as part of a regular arrangement, and now he's using some of the money for a Mother's Day gift. (Credit: Nancy Harty/CBS)

No Fooling: April 1 Lottery Winnings Turn Into Big Mother’s Day Gift

Daniel Stojak won’t have any trouble buying his mom the diamond bracelet she wants for Mother’s Day, thanks to what she already bought for him last month.


This couple, who did not give their names, claimed they won a $1 million prize in the $636 million Mega Millions drawing on Tuesday. They visited the store where the $1 million ticket was sold on Wednesday to take photos, but have yet to claim a prize from the Illinois Lottery. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Couple: We Won $1M Mega Millions Prize; ‘A Good Gift For Christmas’

Twenty Mega Millions players matched five out of six numbers in Tuesday night’s drawing, and won a $1 million prize, and one of those tickets was sold in Chicago.


A sign advertising the $636 Million Mega Millions lottery jackpot hangs in a convenience store window on December 17, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.The jackpot is currently the second largest in U.S. history. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Mega Millions Ticket Worth $1M Sold In Chicago

There were no jackpot winners in Illinois in Tuesday night’s $636 million Mega Millions drawing, but there was one person who won a $1 million prize after buying a ticket in Chicago.


Anel Bajtarevic holds up a check after claiming the largest instant game jackpot in Illinois history. (Credit: Lisa Fielding)

Chicago Man Wins Largest Instant Game In Illinois History

For 26-year-old Anel Bajtarevic a trip to the grocery store on June 17 changed his life forever.



Lottery Sponsorship Helps Save Fireworks Displays In Illinois Towns

Fireworks on the Fourth of July will light up the sky in several local communities who may have gone without except for a promotion for the Illinois lottery reports WBBM’s Julie Mann.


Louis Gardner holds his check for $500,000 in Lottery winnings from a ticket he bought at a Westchester gas station. (Credit: Illinois Lottery)

What A Week: Birthday, Wedding, Lottery Win

A couple from the west suburbs had a really big week last week: they celebrated a birthday, their wedding day, and $500,000 in Lottery winnings.


Ricardo Cerezo holds an oversized check for $4.85 million after cashing in a winning Lottery ticket his wife found in a cookie jar, just as the family was facing eviction from their home in Geneva. (Credit: Illinois Lottery)

Facing Foreclosure And Eviction, Family Finds Winning Lotto Ticket

The timing couldn’t have been better for a family from north suburban Geneva when they hit the jackpot after finding some old Lotto tickets stuffed in a cookie jar.


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Powerball Jackpot Jumps To $550 Million As Sales Spike

Powerball fever has been sweeping the nation, as the record jackpot climbed to $550 million on Wednesday.

CBS Chicago–11/27/2012

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3-Time Lottery Winner Would Share Her Secrets, If There Were Any

Southwest of Chicago, a three-time lottery winner says she would share her system – if there were one.

WBBM Newsradio–09/19/2012


Online Lottery Sales Falling Short As Big Powerball Drawing Approaches

Lottery vendors are busy as players snap up tickets for the $337 million Powerball drawing Wednesday night, while officials say online lottery ticket sales have been falling short of expectations.

CBS Chicago–08/15/2012