Tribune report: Illinois Lottery’s biggest scratch-offs didn’t award 40% of grand prizes

Illinois Lottery wants more rich people buying tickets

CHICAGO — The Illinois Lottery’s biggest scratch-offs didn’t award 40 percent of its grand prizes in recent years, according to new Chicago Tribune investigation. 

The Tribune discovered that 23 grand prizes were not handed out. In three games, there was no grand prize awarded before the games ended early.

A game called “The Good Life” offered the biggest grand prize of any instant game — $46 million each to two winners. Tickets were $30. Neither top prize was awarded.

The Illinois Lottery was the first in the nation to be privately managed.

The Trib says it reached out to the controlling companies, and they didn’t dispute the findings, but they say players’ odds of winning never changed.