F.A.Q.s

Answers to the most common questions regarding the Illinois Lottery.

  1. When does the Illinois State Lottery draw take place?
  2. What time do Illinois State Lottery ticket sales close?
  3. How do I win playing Illinois State Lottery?
  4. Can I play Illinois State Lottery if I do not live in the state of Illinois?
  5. If I win, how long do I have to claim a prize?
  6. What time do Illinois State Lottery ticket sales close?
  7. How old do I have to be to play Illinois State Lottery?
  8. Are winnings on the Illinois State Lottery taxable?
  9. What are the odds of winning a prize on Illinois State Lottery?
  10. Does the Illinois State Lottery have a minimum guaranteed jackpot?
  11. Does the Illinois State Lottery have a rollover limit or jackpot cap?
  12. What is the biggest jackpot ever won on the Illinois State Lottery?
  13. When is the next Illinois State Lottery draw?
  14. What does the Illinois State Lottery jackpot currently stand at?
  15. How old do I have to be to play Illinois State Lottery?

When does the Illinois State Lottery draw take place?

Answer: The Illinois State Lottery is drawn every Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 21.22 CST.

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What time do Illinois State Lottery ticket sales close?

Answer: Ticket sales close at 21.15 CST on the night of the draw and re-open shortly after the draw has taken place.

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How do I win playing Illinois State Lottery?

Answer: You can win a prize on the Illinois State Lottery by matching two numbers upwards, or, when you purchase an Extra Shot number, by matching either just your Extra Shot, or one main number and an Extra Shot.

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Can I play Illinois State Lottery if I do not live in the state of Illinois?

Answer: Yes, as tickets can be purchased online for the Illinois State Lottery you no longer need to be a resident of Illinois to play.

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If I win, how long do I have to claim a prize?

Answer: Prizes must be claimed within 365 days of the draw date. However, if you claim a jackpot prize after 60 days you are then only able to claim the prize as an annuity, which will be paid out over 26 years.

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What time do Illinois State Lottery ticket sales close?

Answer: Ticket sales close at 21.15 CST on the night of the draw and re-open shortly after the draw has taken place.

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How old do I have to be to play Illinois State Lottery?

Answer: Players must be 18 or over.

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Are winnings on the Illinois State Lottery taxable?

Answer: Yes, all lottery winnings in Illinois are subject to tax. On prizes worth $5,000 or over, 25% Federal Tax is required, and all winnings above $1,000 are subject to 5% State Tax. However, players are advised to check with their financial planner, as actual liabilities could vary. Players from out of state are advised to check within their jurisdiction.

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What are the odds of winning a prize on Illinois State Lottery?

Answer: The odds of winning a prize on the Illinois Lotto are 1 in 7.3. If you opt to play Extra Shot, they are 1 in 5.6.

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Does the Illinois State Lottery have a minimum guaranteed jackpot?

Answer: Yes, it is $2 million.

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Does the Illinois State Lottery have a rollover limit or jackpot cap?

Answer: No, the jackpot will continue to roll over until it is won by a player to match all six numbers.

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What is the biggest jackpot ever won on the Illinois State Lottery?

Answer: The biggest jackpot ever won on the Illinois Lotto was $69.9 million, which was shared by four ticket holders in 1989.

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When is the next Illinois State Lottery draw?

Answer: The next draw will be Friday 20th Oct 2017

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What does the Illinois State Lottery jackpot currently stand at?

Answer: The jackpot currently stands at $10,250,000.

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How old do I have to be to play Illinois State Lottery?

Answer: Players must be 18 or over.

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