Lawmakers Call for Probe Into Integrity of Illinois Lottery
Gaming technology provider IGT and Scientific Games are under fire from the Illinois Lottery after an investigation by the Chicago Tribune. The allegations are serious and claim that the Northstar Lottery Group that is owned by SG and IGT did not payout all the prizes that they were required.
Lawmakers from all sides are demanding a government probe and legislative hearing into the privately managed lottery. Legislators like Rep. Lou Lang went as far as to say that it seems that players were swindled. The complaints surround games like “The Good Life” and “Freezing Your Bucks Off” which allegedly did not payout the prizes that were on offer.
Some of the findings of the report of the Chicago Tribune include reviews on instant win games between 2011 and 2016. Here on 17 of the games with the biggest prizes, most did not award all of their big prizes and some of the games failed to pay out ANY prizes.
Another claim was that the games were pulled off the market to early so players purchased tickets on the promise of a big cash prize but in fact had no chance of ever winning due to the tickets being removed or the prizes already awarded.
Scientific Games spokeswoman Susan Cartwright said, “Scientific Games has served the State of Illinois for more than 40 years, generating billions of dollars for its citizens. Scientific Games encourages any review by the responsible public officials of state-regulated gaming operations and pledges its full cooperation with any review.”