State of Illinois and Northstar Lottery Group Sign Private Management Agreement

For Immediate Release Contact: Susan Hofer 312.814.8197

Chicago, January 18, 2011 – The State of Illinois today finalized a management agreement with Northstar Lottery Group, making it the first Illinois Lottery private manager. Northstar, a consortium of experienced gaming and advertising professionals, was selected based on a rigorous and competitive procurement process.

Northstar’s business plan anticipates an annual growth rate of 10.6 percent over the next five years. The consortium’s proposal guaranteed a minimum profit level for each of the first five years of the agreement. The increase in proceeds will enable the State to maintain its commitment to education, while funding capital projects that will create jobs for thousands of Illinois workers. 

This new agreement will grow the revenue generated by the Illinois Lottery, which benefits the Illinois Common School Fund and the Capital Projects Fund. Illinois Jobs Now!, signed by Governor Quinn in 2009, is a job-creating infrastructure development act, which will provide 439,000 new jobs to the state. Funding for the program comes, in part, through increased Lottery revenues expected from the new private management structure created by the Illinois General Assembly during the 2009 legislative session. 

Northstar Lottery Group is a consortium comprised of GTECH, Scientific Games and Energy BBDO. It was selected based on its superior business plan to provide more than $4.8 billion in revenue to the state in the first five years alone. Northstar has also made responsible gaming a core principle of their operations, which is a key component of any gaming operation in Illinois. 

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About Illinois Lottery

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $20 billion to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto at Players must be at least 18 years old.