The sheriff said by sending dozens of fugitives winning scratch-off tickets as part of his law enforcement sting, he was able to bring them together at a hotel near Chicago's Midway Airport for one bulk arrest, the Chicago Sun-Times said Monday.
Dart said the lure in this month's police scheme was a $1,000 gift card and the possibility of winning a big-screen television.
"We tried to tap into the Christmas spirit and throw a big dose of the Grinch on top of it," Dart said, referring to the famous anti-Christmas literary figure. "The Grinch definitely struck here, and the Grinch had a lot of fun. The Grinch will return, probably in a different way."
The Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald said even those fugitives who apparently were wary of the event attended anyway.
The newspaper said by using reservations made by no-show guests, police arrested an additional 169 suspects.