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.
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The State Lottery Commission of Illinois is operated by Camelot Illinois. Northstar Lottery Group became the Lottery’s first private manager on July 1, 2011. With his assistance, it became the first US lottery to sell tickets on March 25, 2012.
The lottery profits initially went to State's General Revenue Fund, until legislation was passed in 1985 earmarking profits for the Common School Fund, which is still the Lottery's major benefactor. In 2010, the Lottery began contributing to the Capitol Projects Fund, which helps build and renovate state roads and bridges.
Proceeds from Lottery ticket sales and unclaimed prizes go back to the community for -Public Education, Infrastructure Projects, and Other Special Causes
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