- Published: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 11:13 AM
SPRINGFIELD – Scratch-off lottery players may have lost out on millions of dollars in prizes because the state’s private lottery manager ended the games before all, or in some cases any, of the promised grand prizes were awarded, according to a recent Chicago Tribune investigation.
State Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) was outraged at the findings and called for the state to look into what is going on.
“We have to look at these numbers and be concerned,” Link said. “We also have to question the lack of transparency in this whole process ever since Northstar took over. I represent the state of Illinois and its residents who should be receiving the money they are promised if they win.”
The report showed that under the management of Northstar Lottery Group, the Illinois Lottery’s 17 biggest-prize instant games awarded less than 60 percent of their grand prizes. The Tribune reported that one of the games would have paid out $10 million more if it paid out at its rate of 78 percent, instead of 61 percent.
“The lottery is not called the Northstar Lottery. It is the Illinois Lottery, and it is responsible to those who play and the taxpayers to keep their promises,” Link said.