Illinois Lottery, Mariano's Introduce New Sales Partnership
Grocery chain to sell Lottery games at all 44 of its Chicago-area locations
CHICAGO – The Illinois Lottery and Mariano’s announced today the availability of Illinois Lottery games at Mariano’s stores across the Chicago area.
“We are proud to launch a new partnership with an important retailer such as Mariano’s. This will enable the Illinois Lottery to expand its reach and connect with more players,” Illinois Lottery Acting Director Harold Mays said. “Retail expansion makes us more accessible and helps increase our player base. This makes the job of growing the Lottery easier and means more funding for education and special causes in Illinois. With this partnership, Mariano’s shoppers win, but so do the people of Illinois.”
“At Mariano’s, we listen to our customers in order to provide a full-service shopping experience. Many of our customers would like the convenience of being able to purchase an Illinois Lottery ticket while shopping at our stores,” said Michael Marx, President of Kroger’s Roundy’s Division. “With the addition of Illinois Lottery games in our 44 Mariano’s stores, we will now be providing an added convenience for our customers.”
Mariano’s and the Illinois Lottery celebrated the new partnership at an event this morning at the Mariano’s store in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. At the event, Mariano’s announced its plan to donate 5% of Illinois Lottery sales, up to $25,000, through July 21 to the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.
“Today’s announcement highlights Mariano’s and the Illinois Lottery’s shared commitment to supporting organizations that are important to the communities we serve,” Marx said.
Mariano’s shoppers will see Illinois Lottery vending machines installed in Mariano’s stores, and have the ability to buy Lottery tickets at the customer service counter. Additionally, Mariano’s and the Illinois Lottery will team up for in-store events and experiences in the coming months to celebrate the new partnership.
Including the 44 Mariano’s locations, the Illinois Lottery has more than 7,200 retailers across Illinois.
For video footage of the launch event, see: https://www2.illinois.gov/cms/agency/media/video/pages/videos.aspx
Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $20 billion (since 1985) 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 services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Special Olympics and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for all draw-based Illinois Lottery games at illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.
Mariano’s, the Midwest’s most exciting food destination, is one of four grocery banners of Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR). With 44 locations across the Chicagoland area, Mariano’s places a premium on the customer experience, offering a highly differentiated food shopping experience combined with exceptional customer service. Mariano’s incorporates Chicagoland’s distinctive neighborhood culture into its signature grocery merchandising, allowing customers to enjoy a truly unique foodie experience.