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Illinois Lottery moves drawings from TV to online

CHICAGO — On Friday, the Illinois Lottery announced the transition to a new digital draw system.

Starting Oct. 1, drawings for Pick 3, Pick 4, Lotto with Extra Shot, and Lucky Day Lotto will no longer be aired live on WGN-TV, but will be posted on the Lottery’s website, illinoislottery.com.

“For over 25 years, WGN-TV has been the television home of the Illinois Lottery,” said B.R. Lane, Acting Director of the Illinois Lottery, in a statement. “While we have been proud to partner with WGN over the years, the new digital draw system will allow us to open an exciting new chapter in Illinois Lottery history, on behalf of our players.”

“The Illinois Lottery has been a great partner with us over the years,” said Greg Easterly, President and General Manager, WGN-TV. “They have decided to take their live lottery drawings in a different direction and we understand their changing business needs. We value and appreciate the long term relationship we have enjoyed with the Illinois Lottery.”

The new digital draw system will utilize a Random Number Generator, or RNG, to select winning numbers. RNG systems are currently used by the Illinois Lottery for “quick picks” at retail locations, as well as to securely select winning numbers for raffle games. Roughly half of the Lotteries in the United States utilize digital draw systems.

CHICAGO — On Friday, the Illinois Lottery announced the transition to a new digital draw system. Starting Oct. 1, drawings for Pick 3, Pick 4, Lotto with Extra Shot, and Lucky Day Lotto will no longer be aired live on WGN-TV, but will be posted on the Lottery’s website, illinoislottery.com. “For over 25 years, WGN-TV has […]

WGN America dropping Illinois Lottery drawings

Illinois Lottery drawings are going dark on national cable channel WGN America beginning Monday, lottery officials said late Friday.

The drawings will continue to air on WGN-Ch. 9’s midday and evening newscasts but will no longer be seen on WGN America, which is converting from a superstation to a cable network. Viewers will still be able to see the drawings nationally via live streaming at WGNtv.com.

“The Lottery drawings being held at WGN-TV studios in Chicago will continue into the new year with the same drawing talent and the same sets of auditors that currently accompany each and every drawing there,” Lottery Director Michael Jones said in a statement.

Tribune Media’s WGN-TV has been the television home for the Illinois Lottery since 1994. Under the current one-year agreement, which took effect in July, the lottery pays WGN-TV about $905,000 to air two live broadcasts each day.

Illinois Lottery draws will continue to air on WGN-Ch. 9 but will no longer be seen on WGN America, which is changing from superstation to cable network. ]]>