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Illinois Lottery Drawings — Home of the 6-6-6 Pick 3 on Day After Election Day 2008

Wed October 07 2015 10:57 pm
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Did you know that on November 5, 2008 — the day after Election Day when President Barack Obama was elected — the Evening Pick 3 game drawing was 6-6-6? Considering Barack Obama rose as a Senator from the State of Illinois, and had to defend personal attacks, and defend claims and suspicions that he was not born in the United States, the coincidence of the drawing of the number associated with the Antichrist, the devil or the invocation of Satan was at least a little amusing, if not frightening to some. Irrational fear of the number 6-6-6 is known as hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia, which literally means “fear of six hundred sixty-six”.

Other strange number results have also occurred with state lotteries. On the one-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the New York state lottery drew 9-1-1 in 2002.

The Illinois Lottery
The Illinois Lottery began July 1, 1974 amid great excitement across the state. During its first years, it sold “passive” games via weekly drawings. First year sales topped $129 million. Sales faltered in subsequent years, after the novelty of the Lottery wore off, prompting some to call for an end to the Lottery. In 1980 the first terminal game, Pick 3, was introduced. Pick 3 breathed new life into the Lottery, tallying sales of $164 million during its first full year of operation.

Lottery profits initially went to the State’s General Revenue Fund, until legislation was passed in 1985 earmarking profits for the Common School Fund, which is still the Lottery’s major benefactor. 2006 saw the first “specialty instant games” launched; these games benefit a particular cause like Illinois Veterans, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, and assistance for people living with HIV-Aids. In 2010, the Lottery began contributing to the Capitol Projects Fund, which helps build and renovate state roads and bridges.

The Lottery has been an independent, cabinet-level department for most of its history, although it operated under the Department of Revenue (DoR) on two separate occasions. Most recently, the Lottery separated from DoR on October 15, 2011. It has a current operating budget of about $30 million a year and employs 152 people, including 80 employees who take their direction from the Lottery’s private manager, Northstar Lottery Group. With Northstar’s assistance, the Lottery launched an internet sales pilot project for Lotto and Mega Millions on March 25, 2012, when it became the first US lottery to sell tickets on the internet.

The Lottery operates under the direction of its Director, BR Lane, and is assisted by the Lottery Control Board. It operates from locations in Chicago, Springfield, Des Plaines, Rockford and Fairview Heights.

On October 1, 2015, the Illinois Lottery started determining the winning numbers electronically, using a computer with a random number generator (RNG), instead of the mechanical method of selecting winning numbers using machines with numbered balls broadcast on WGN-TV. The mechanical lottery results were broadcast on WGN for more than 25 years.

Now the lottery results are generated by a computer in a locked vault with security devices and procedures in place to attempt to prevent lottery fraud. An independent auditor also oversees the number selection. Lottery fraud was attempted in 2010 by a former Information Security Director for the Multi-State Lottery Association — the association that manages Powerball and Mega Millions. Security is an important and necessary function of the state lottery games to attempt to prevent insider criminal activities.

Eddie Tipton, former director of information security for Multi-State Lottery Association, prepares to face fraud charges in an upcoming trial. Investigators say he orchestrated a high-tech scam to claim the winnings. Vladimir Duthiers reports.

Jurors convicted Eddie Tipton, a 52-year-old former information security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association, on two counts of fraud in July 2015 after a weeklong trial. Tipton was accused of installing a self-deleting computer program, known as a rootkit, on a Hot Lotto drawing computer so he could orchestrate a winning ticket worth $14.3 million in a Dec. 29, 2010, draw. The “winning ticket” was purchased at a Des Moines Quick Trip gas station.

The Multi-State Lottery Association is the association that manages the Mega Millions, Hot Lotto, and Powerball lottery that is available in Illinois.

Some lottery officials stated that the detection and capture of Tipton proved that security measures worked; however, the security measures did not prevent the multitude of people from missing an opportunity to win with the ticket(s) that they purchased for the December 29th drawing.

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