The Illinois Lottery was established on July 1, 1974. Back then Illinois was the only state lottery to have its drawings televised nationwide. Initially, the lottery sold “passive” games through weekly drawings.


Historically, Lotto began on February 19, 1983, as just a Saturday game with 6 of 40 numbers being drawn. In May 1984 the game matrix was changed to 6/44. It was on December 1, 1985, that the game introduced Advance Play. After multiple alterations in the years 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, and 1998. In 1999, the game underwent its final changes, including the change in-game matrix from 6/48 to 6/52, added a fourth prize of $3, for matching three numbers and the jackpot again became annuitized, but with a cash option. Since its introduction, the game has produced a number of lotto multi-millionaires and is continuously working on producing more winners in the future and investing a share of the proceedings for the betterment of the state.

What happens when you win?

To affirm your win, dive into The Lottery Lab and confirm your Illinois Lottery numbers with us. Lottery prizes up to $600 or less should be claimed at any authorized Illinois Lottery Retailer. Lottery prizes $600 and above should be claimed at any Illinois Lottery claim office. You also have the option of mailing your lottery tickets with a complete claim form to redeem your lottery winnings. Ensure to sign your winning ticket before proceeding for the claiming process. Ensure to carry your government-issued photo ID proof and social security card while going for the claiming process. You need to fill in the back of your winning ticket, complete the Winner Claim Form and mail it to the Illinois P.O. Box address along with your signed original winning ticket, and copies of your valid government-issued photo ID and social security card. You can claim your lottery prizes within 365 days from the date of the drawing. Fill the details at the back of your ticket for complete authentication. It is advised that you take your time, assemble a professional team of tax attorneys, finance managers, accountants, etc before claiming your winnings. Confirm if your state allows you to claim you winnings anonymously.


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