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90th Anniversary Giveaway

J&J Ventures, LLC is celebrating 90 years in business with a $90K Giveaway! The $90,000 Grand Prize is the LARGEST single prize giveaway in the history of Illinois video gaming! In addition to the grand prize, there will be a total of (81) weekly regionalized winners of $72,900 (9 winners of $900 for 9 weeks). The promotion will run August 28, 2019 – October 31, 2019.

The Giveaway will consist of (9) separate weekly entry periods. Each weekly entry period will have (9) winners (1 winner in each of the 9 regions across the state of Illinois). Non-winning entries will not carry forward in to subsequent entry periods, however all non-winning entries will be entered into the grand prize drawing of $90,000.

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GRAND PRIZE ENTRY DATES: 8/28/19 to 10/31/19

Patrons may enter the giveaway at any participating J&J Ventures Gaming location by submitting entries on the in-store J&J Ventures tablet via their J&J Giveaway app. Limit one entry per participating location per person per day.

Click here for a list of participating locations!

Below is our current list of winners! We will continue to update this list on our website, social media, and the J&J Gaming App as we receive more winners.

  • Terry Webster – B & R Café, Streator
  • Gina Rosenberger – BIG “T”S, Jacksonville
  • Connie Jacobs – American Legion Post #224, Carmi
  • Marsha Gilbert – Castle Inn Lounge, Mattoon
  • Julia Bailey – Shamrock Slots, Ottawa
  • Lisa Mitchell – 5th Street Billiards Bar and Grill, Dupo
  • Theresa Patton – Sparta Country Club, Sparta
  • David Potter – Speakeasy Liquors, Harrisburg
  • Jim Peterson – Savoy Lounge, Rockford
  • Barry Vaughn – Old Firehouse Event Center, West Frankfort
  • James O’Brien – Legends, Champaign
  • Ray Gilleland – Easy Slots 2, East Alton
  • Shawn Norman – Dotty’s Event Center, Herrin
  • Duane Plank – WB’s Pub-N-Grub, Inc., Charleston
  • Michael Hammond – FO Order of Eagles Carmel Aerie, Mount Carmel
  • Lucy Mantell – Next Stop Slots, Rockford
  • Nick Kaufman – Slim’s Pourhouse, Kankakee
  • June Hansen – Goldy’s Bar & Grill, Champaign
  • Cary Heaton – Lucy’s Place, Litchfield
  • Tracy Brolley – The Double Diamond Company, Peru
  • Verna Rightnowar – Franny’s, Springfield
  • James Sedlacek – Lulu’s Café, Crestwood
  • Diane Parisotto – Huck’s Food Store #310, Dupo
  • Nicole Marty- Park Place Pub & Grill, Wenona
  • Mike Desrosiers – Coonrods Tavern, Springfield
  • Kathy Berck – Annie’s Video Gaming, Wamac
  • Arthur Williams – Silver Dollar Gaming, West City
  • Anthony Leone – Silver Dollar Gaming, Herrin
  • Jerry Miller – Daisy’s, Springfield
  • Eric Tatman – Jupiter’s At The Crossing, Champaign
  • Phil Zimmerman – On the Rox Pub & Grub, Altamont
  • Reuel Wright – Silver Dollar Gaming, Herrin
  • Carol Sollenberger – Wine Time, Dunlap

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Recent Donation

J&J Ventures Gaming donation launches local Parkinson’s program – Click here for more information.

J&J Ventures Acquires Melody Music & Gaming Operations!

April 16, 2019 (EFFINGHAM, IL) – J&J Ventures Amusements, celebrating its 90th year, announced today its recent acquisition of Melody Music & Gaming operations. In the transaction, J&J is purchasing the amusement and gaming operations of Melody Music & Gaming, a leading supplier of gaming, jukeboxes, dart machines and pool tables to the greater Champaign and Kankakee area.

With this purchase, J&J Ventures Gaming now serves over 1,200 customers throughout Illinois. J&J Ventures Gaming plans to maintain the Melody operations center in Champaign and Kankakee.

“We are eager to share our knowledge in the industry and expand our service area into Champaign and Kankakee even further. We look forward to working with each location individually to provide them with the customer service, gaming expertise, and philanthropic outreach that both Melody and J&J are known for,” said J&J Ventures Gaming CEO, Bob Willenborg. “We value our partners, and we look forward to helping each location maximize their gaming area to increase the client’s customer base and profits.”

Willenborg added that J&J will retain all the Melody team members. “We look forward to welcoming the new employees to our J&J team and working with them to ensure all of our clients are getting the exceptional service that both Melody and J&J deliver 24/7,” said Willenborg.

“Being in business for the past 70 years has allowed us to build not only partnerships, but friendships with our customers,” said Tom Fiedler of Melody. “All of us at Melody sincerely thank each person that has partnered with us over the years. All of our success is attributed to you.”

Fiedler continued that their customers will soon experience the first-class excellence J&J Ventures beholds. “Melody is a family owned company who values relationships, service, topnotch equipment, and provides the ultimate gaming and amusement experience. We know that J&J Ventures will continue this tradition. The importance of finding the right successor who is not only a leader in gaming and amusements, but who also ethically sets the stage was key,” said Fiedler. “We have complete confidence J&J Ventures will continue to help our gaming and amusement customers thrive.”

The Illinois Video Gaming Act was enacted and approved by Illinois lawmakers in 2009 as a way to help raise funds to repair schools and fix roads. State and municipalities share in the revenue generated through gaming. J&J Ventures Gaming was one of the first terminal operators to be licensed in Illinois in January of 2012 and went ‘live’ in October of 2012.

The companies, headquartered in Effingham, Illinois, have been innovating and operating since 1929. Today, the J&J Ventures Gaming division provides unparalleled expertise in gaming management and route operations to the video gaming terminal business. J&J Ventures Amusements is a leading operator for dart machines, pool tables, jukeboxes, ATM, etc.

Responsible Gaming Cards

We now have responsible gaming cards! Please contact 855-752-9558 to order cards for your establishment and get involved with Responsible Gaming!

J&J Ventures has received a Conditional VGT Operator License in Pennsylvania!

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Featured Establishments: J&J Ventures will host a “Featured Gaming Establishment” on the J&J Facebook and Twitter page each Tuesday and Thursday. These status updates will showcase photos of an establishment’s gaming area and inform gamers on any special promotions / incentives that are offered.

New Gaming Establishments: J&J Ventures will post about new establishments that have just went live with Video Gaming. These posts will notify gamers on where they can find the new gaming locations and inform them about special promotions / incentives that are offered as well.

Weekly Hot Spots: J&J Ventures will share the top 20 payout locations for each week on Wednesdays. We will take the ratio of Amount Won compared to Amount Played from the weekly video gaming transaction report from the Sci Games operator portal.

Other Promotions: J&J Ventures offers other various video gaming promotions on Facebook to interact with gamers. By participating in these promotions, gamers can be entered to win a J&J prize! Find out more about our promotions on the J&J Ventures Facebook page in the ‘Notes’ section!
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