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Illinois Drops Company HIred To Run Lottery

Illinois is dumping the company it hired to run the state lottery.

The manager, Northstar Lottery Group LLC, is 80-percent owned by Rhode Island-based Gtech Corp., the parent company of Gtech Indiana, which manages the Hoosier Lottery.

Illinois is only three years into a ten year deal with Northstar to run the state games.

Governor Quinn's office has not publicly said whether the state planned to operate the lottery itself or hire a new manager. Illinois says that the company has fallen short of its projections in all three years it has managed the lottery.

Indiana was only the second state, following Illinois, to outsource most of its lottery operations.