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Goodbye Live Lottery Drawings

Live TV lottery drawings have come to an end in Illinois.

"Wednesday's drawing was the last one aired live on WGN-TV, marking the end of an era as the Illinois Lottery transitions to a new digital system," the Tribune reports. "Starting Thursday, drawings for Pick 3, Pick 4, Lotto with Extra Shot and Lucky Day Lotto will simply be posted on www.illinoislottery.com."

Let's take a look at live TV lottery drawings over the years.


1976, WSNS Channel 44:


1984, when WFLD Channel 32 won the lottery from WGN:


1984, WFLD Channel 32:


1986, WFLD Channel 32:


1987, WGN:


1996, WGN:


1999, WGN:


2009, WGN:


"Lottery host Linda Kollmeyer conducted the final drawing shortly after the start of the 9 p.m. newscast and signed off with a brief speech before being cut off by the sponsor message.

"Every one of you is a winner," Kollmeyer said before a sponsor message appeared but she could be heard continuing. "You know why? Because you've got it in your heart. This is not goodbye."

Um, okay. Exploiting people's desperate dreams for more than 20 years!


"I try to base my life on karma."


Comments welcome.


Posted on October 2, 2015

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