WBEZ | Lottery http://www.wbez.org/tags/lottery Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicagoans look to win $550 million Powerball jackpot http://www.wbez.org/news/chicagoans-look-win-550-million-powerball-jackpot-104093 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Lotto Checkout.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F69241724&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The $550 million Powerball jackpot has sparked a nationwide lotto frenzy.<br /><br />The jackpot deadline prompted many who seldom gamble, if ever, to run out to the nearest convenience stores and snag a ticket.<br /><br />Here in Chicago, people lined up in droves.<br /><br />Two 7-eleven convenience stores downtown got hit with a late afternoon rush on Wednesday as people, like Tiffany Cleary, spent their last buck at a chance to win big.<br /><br />&ldquo;This is my last money before I get paid,&rdquo; Cleary said. &ldquo;This is all I have until payday.&rdquo;<br /><br />For other customers like Bobby Talley, it&rsquo;s just a matter of persistence.<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m feeling lucky today,&rdquo; Talley said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been playing the same number for 30 years.&rdquo;</p><p>And of course, most ticket buyers have dreams of quitting their jobs after they hit the jackpot like Molly Garris. She and a group of her co-workers pulled together to buy fifty dollars worth of tickets.<br /><br />&ldquo;We are absolutely going to win powerball tonight,&rdquo; Garris said. &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t wait to quit my job tomorrow, it&rsquo;s going to be the best moment of my life.&rdquo;<br /><br />But these lotto enthusiasts should take heed to some advice from a former jackpot winner.<br /><br />Wesley Martin of Palatine won 3.75 million dollars last year.<br /><br />&ldquo;Don&rsquo;t let it change your life,&rdquo; Martin said. &ldquo;Live your life as you always have been and don&rsquo;t let anyone talk you into anything.&rdquo;<br /><br />Martin says he played the lottery for twenty years, so he was ready when he eventually won at the age of 65.<br /><br />And if you do lose, consider this-- in Illinois, about 82 cents of each two-dollar ticket is donated to a common school fund or to help with bridges and roads.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 18:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicagoans-look-win-550-million-powerball-jackpot-104093 Critics slam Illinois lottery ticket sales http://www.wbez.org/story/critics-slam-illinois-lottery-ticket-sales-95181 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-December/2011-12-28/AP Photo Joseph Kaczmarek.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois Lottery officials want to offer lottery tickets over the Internet by next spring, and they're closer to their ambitions now that the federal government recently gave the OK for states to create and regulate in-state, online sales of lottery tickets and other gaming products.</p><p>Both the state and gambling critics agree selling lottery tickets online could be a financial boon for state coffers, but such a development could come at a hefty social cost, said Anita Bedell, the head of the anti-gambling group Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems.</p><p>"Well, it could be a boon ... but at the expense of addicted gamblers," Bedell said, adding that&nbsp;simple mouse clicks could prove too enticing for some gamblers.&nbsp;</p><p>"They could gamble on home computers, from the office, they could gamble on their cell phones, on their iPhones," she said. "So, it's making gambling too accessible."</p><p>Illinois lawmakers approved an Internet lotto pilot program in 2009, but the state had been waiting for legal approval from the U.S. Department of Justice. That memorandum finally came last week, and lottery officials are hoping to begin selling tickets online some time during the first quarter of 2012.</p><p>Bedell said she's concerned there won't be adequate safeguards against identity and credit card theft. She also worries there will be no effective means to prevent ticket sales to underage buyers.</p><p>State law allows for gambling addicts to exclude themselves from being able to set up an online lotto account, but Bedell said that isn't a reliable system.</p><p>Criticism for online lottery sales is also coming from the some of the state's current partners in the brick-and-mortar retail world — namely &nbsp; gas stations and convenience stores.</p><p>Jeff Lenard, a spokesman for the National Association of Convenience Stores, said he's worried not so much about the future of the Lotto ticket, as he is about the Lotto customer.</p><p>"When somebody comes inside the store to buy a lottery ticket, they're a whole lot more likely to buy something else —&nbsp;whether it's a cup of coffee, a newspaper, a sandwich," Lenard said.</p><p>Jim Lake runs a BP gas station in Northwest Suburban Skokie and said the line of customers extend out his door when jackpots are high. Lake is also against selling lotto tickets online.&nbsp;</p><p>"I think it opens up to scam artists and what not, another avenue to try and cheat the state," Lake said.</p><p>Currently, customers have to buy Illinois lottery tickets with cash and prove their age by showing ID.</p><p>State officials say they'll soon begin developing a website that would limit ticket sales to Illinoisans over 18.</p></p> Wed, 28 Dec 2011 19:51:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/critics-slam-illinois-lottery-ticket-sales-95181 3 Asset managers win $254 million Powerball — Connecticut's largest jackpot http://www.wbez.org/story/3-asset-managers-win-254-million-powerball-%E2%80%94-connecticuts-largest-jackpot-94401 <p><p>ROCKY HILL, Conn. — Three asset managers from Connecticut's affluent New York suburbs claimed a $254 million Powerball jackpot on Monday off a $1 ticket.</p><p>Greg Skidmore, Brandon Lacoff and Tim Davidson came forward as trustees for The Putnam Avenue Family Trust, which they formed after Davidson bought the winning ticket at a Stamford gas station. At least two of them live in Greenwich, one of America's wealthiest towns.</p><p>They will take the after-tax lump sum of nearly $104 million in cash. They say a significant portion will go to charity.</p><p>Davidson bought the $1 quick pick ticket for the Nov. 2 drawing at the Shippan Point BP gas station in Stamford. It was the only ticket he bought. The winning numbers were 12-14-34-39-46, Powerball 36.</p><p>The jackpot was the largest ever won in Connecticut and the 12th biggest in Powerball history.</p><p>The three men work at a small, startup asset management firm called Belpointe LLC in Greenwich. They appeared with their lawyer at a news conference and didn't say much.</p><p>"It feels good," Skidmore said.</p><p>Lottery officials had used billboards across the state to urge the ticket holder to come forward as the weeks went by without a winner.</p><p>Ranjit Singh, the gas station manager, said lottery officials called the station at about 10:30 a.m. Monday to announce that the winning ticket had been sold there. The station receives $100,000 for selling the winning ticket.</p><p>Singh said he didn't know the winners and doesn't remember selling the winning ticket.</p><p>"We're really happy," Singh said. "Christmas is a little early."</p></p> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 21:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/3-asset-managers-win-254-million-powerball-%E2%80%94-connecticuts-largest-jackpot-94401