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In a 13 page opinion dated September 20th, 2011 the US Justice Department concluded that the 1961 wire act did not prohibit states from selling lottery tickets on the internet, that means you can Play Illinois lotto online. The department said that the act only applied to internet communications that relate to “sporting events or contests.” In December of 2011 Illinois said it hoped to implement online ticket sales in 3 to 4 months. On March 25th 2012 Illinois became the first state to sell lotto tickets online. Under the original pilot program sales were limited to adults 18 and over who use an Illinois based computer and are residents. Initially ...

Illinois Lottery Winner’s Estate Settled


Illinois Lottery

illinois lottery In Chicago also known "Second City" for us Illinois Lottery City, the estate of a Chicago man who died of cyanide poisoning after winning a $1 million jackpot will be divided among his heirs. The deal bans both sides from pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit unless new criminal evidence is discovered.  The settlement was filed in Cook County probate court. The settlement awards one third of Urooj Khan's lottery jackpot to his daughter Jasmeen. She will also receive five condominiums owned by Khan. The condominiums are valued at $250,000. Shabana Ansari, Khan’s widow will keep...

A Real Lottery Legend

Rebecca Paul Hargrove is a true lottery legend. She is responsible for the creation of several state lotteries and is currently CEO of the Tennessee Lottery. Paul operated lotteries in several states including Illinois, Florida, and Georgia. In 1986 Bob Martinez Florida voters elected him as Governor. At the same time voters approved the establishment of a state lottery to aid education. Martinez appointed Paul as Florida lottery secretary. In the 80's and 90's Paul built the Georgia and Florida from scratch. Paul constructed multibillion dollar lotteries that surpassed lotteries that had been around far longer. Two years after Paul took over the Florida lottery was outselling every lottery in the United States including California which has a population twice the size of Florida's. When Hargrove left Georgia for Tennessee in 2003 Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor said “Now I know how the Boston Red Sox fans felt. Babe Ruth has been traded to the Yankees." Taylor added that Hargrove w...

Illinois Lottery Manager Seeks Lower Projected Profits

The private company managing the Illinois lottery wants to slash its projected profits by a half billion dollars. The Illinois lottery rejected a request by the company to introduce keno style games. Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones told the Lottery Control Board executives from Northstar Group sent a letter July 29 asking for $556 million in concessions during the next five years. The request came a month after Northstar failed to generate the profits the company promised to the state during the 2013 fiscal year. The Chicago Tribune reported that the company posted revenues of $804 million, about $143 million less than Northstar promised to bring in. The shortfall could put Northstar on the hook for $40 million in penalties to be paid to state officials. This is the second straight year that Northstar has failed to generate projected revenues for the state. When Northstar took over management of the Illinois lottery in 2011 it was the first private lottery operator in the US. Lot...

Illinois Lottery Privatization Not Working Well

Several states are in the process of privatizing their lotteries. Pennsylvania has one of the most successful lotteries in the United States yet Governor Corbett is pushing privatization. In Illinois lottery privatization has not been successful. Three years ago Illinois became the first state to privatize their lottery. As soon as the process of selecting a vendor began the lottery made headlines for the wrong reasons. From beginning to end the way the vendor selection process was handled by state officials was riddled with questionable tactics. A scathing report by the Illinois Auditor General pointed out several problems but no one in state government paid much attention to the report. In the autumn of 2010 acting Illinois Lottery Superintendent Jodie Winnett said that the Northstar Lottery Group would be awarded the contract to manage the state's lottery. Governor Pat Quinn went along with the choice. Since Northstar signed on to manage the lottery in 2011 things have gone downhil...

Lottery Privatization Opponents in Pennsylvania Point to Problems in Illinois

A recent news story from Illinois poses questions about Pennsylvania's outsourcing of its state lottery. The story has piqued the interests of those opposed to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett's rush to privatize the state's lottery. The news story was published by Crain’s Chicago Business and discusses how Northstar Lottery Group LLC did not meet its profit targets for two years in a row. The firm was hired in 2011 to manage the Illinois lottery. Instead of the $947.1 million in profits the company was supposed to bring in Northstar generated $793.5 million. The article also discussed the fact that Northstar has failed to increase the number of lottery retailers. During contract talks Northstar promised to increase the number of lottery vendors but failed to do so. Online ticket sales were disappointing. One official from the union that represents Pennsylvania lottery employees and several Democratic members of the legislature have taken notice of the situation in Illinois. They s...

Are Some Lottery Winners Cursed ?

A few years ago TruTV did a program titled "The Curse of the Lottery." The show detailed the lives of several lottery winners that probable wish they hadn't won in the first place. Kenneth and Connie Parker had been married for 16 years when they hit it big and win a $25 million lottery jackpot. Shortly after their big win their marriage began to disintegrate. According to an ABC news story Kenneth's wife “wife turned cold, kicked him out of the condo they had bought, and told him she was keeping all the money.” Michael Carroll thought he was set for life after winning 9.7 million British Pounds (about $15 million) playing the UK National Lottery. Carroll's wife left him and said she was tired “angry at his life of excess." His wife took his baby daughter with her. Eight years later Carroll is broke. He squandered all of his money on drugs, gambling and prostitutes. Billie Bob Harrell Jr. won $31 million playing the Texas lottery. Before winning Harrell struggled to support his...

Man Finds $5 Million Lotto Ticket in Cookie Jar

A Chicago man had some serious problems. Ricard Cerezo lost his daughter last year to an unknown disease and was facing foreclosure and eviction from his home. His wife found eleven lottery tickets in a cookie jar while cleaning out their kitchen. One of the tickets turned out to be a big winner and matched all the numbers in the February 2nd Lotto drawing. The ticket turned out to be worth $4.85 million. Cerezo told reporters “It was absolutely insane. Cerezo also said that he believes that his family's good fortune is a sign that his deceased daughter is watching over them. Cerezo said he daughter died of an unknown illness and the family was left financially devastated after spending all their savings on medical bills. After taxes Cerezo will take home about $3.4 million, according to the Illinois Lottery. Cerezo, who is a management consultant, said “It couldn’t have happened at a better time. I just thought, this is how God works." Earlier in the year Cerezo appeared at a ...

Illinois Fines Northstar $20 Million

In states with Republican governors privatizing state services seems to be a priority. In New Jersey and Pennsylvania governors in both states are attempting to privatize the state lotteries. In Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett faces a lawsuit by the union representing lottery employees and disapproval from the state's attorney general. Unfortunately in New Jersey the legislature has no power to stop Christie's plans to privatize the lottery. Since the Pennsylvania is one of the nation's oldest and most successful many are wondering what is behind Corbett's plans to privatize the Pennsylvania lottery. The Corbett administration has been extremely secretive about the proposed agreement with British firm Camelot. So how has privatization worked out in other states? If Illinois is a typical example of what happens after privatization, governors in states mulling privatization need to take a look at what happened in Illinois. Despite record sales last year the state has hit the company i...

Autopsy On Lottery Winner Reveals Little

An autopsy performed on the body of an Indian born lottery winner who was poisoned by cyanide has not yielded any more significant clues in the case. No cyanide remained in the body of Urooj Khan and decomposition has prevented medical examiners from determining how the cyanide was administered. Khan's body was not embalmed. Dr. Stephen Cina of the Cook County Medical Examiner's office maintained his determination that blood samples taken after Khan's death show that the 46 year old lottery winner died of cyanide poisoning and that the death is a homicide. The reason no cyanide was found in Khan's body is because the poison breaks down quickly. Cina said nothing significant was found in Khan's stomach. So far police authorities have not identified any suspects in Khan's death. Khan died on June 20th 2012 just two days before he was to collect a lottery jackpot of $425,000. Initially authorities ruled the death was due to natural causes but Khan's brother raised suspicions leading to f...