How to Play Lotto

Lotto is a perfect lottery to play if you are looking for a game that offers a progressive jackpot, multiple draws, and superb odds of bagging the jackpot! Which is why Illinois Lotto is the hot favorite among lottery players in Illinois! Lotto with Extra Shot is Illinois Lottery’s multi-million dollar jackpot game that gives you the chance of bagging a jackpot that starts at $2 million and keeps on growing until someone bags it. For an additional $1, you can increase your non-jackpot winnings by opting for the Extra Shot feature. The drawings for the game are held thrice a week, thereby providing you with multiple opportunities to win the game! Buck up lottery players, it's your chance to be the next multi-million lottery winner!


Playing Illinois Lotto is super easy, fun, and highly rewarding. All you have to do is purchase an Illinois Lottery ticket for $1 and pick 6 numbers from a field of 1 to 52 and mark it on your playslip. Or you can opt for Quick Pick if you prefer numbers randomly generated by the lottery terminal. The jackpot starts at $2 million, which keeps on growing until someone wins the jackpot. If your selected lottery numbers match the drawn numbers you bag the winning amounts.


Won a non-jackpot Illinois Lotto prize? Wishing you could win more? With Extra Shot you can increase your non-jackpot Illinois Lotto winnings! For an additional $1, you can select the Extra Shot feature on your lottery ticket. After selecting this option, an Extra Shot number from 1 to 25 will be randomly selected and printed on your ticket. Matching this Extra Shot number with that of the official drawn number will increase your non-jackpot winnings.

Want to play your numbers for more than one drawing? The Illinois Lottery allows you to play your numbers for more than one draw by just marking the appropriate number of draws on your playslip or inform your lottery retailer for the same.


You need to hand over your completed playslip and payment to the retailer. In return, you will get a ticket for selected numbers, play styles, and draw time(s). Your lottery ticket is your only receipt. Ensure to check the accuracy of the numbers and sign at the back of your ticket for authentication.

Illinois Lotto Playing Options

  • Ask your lottery retailer for Quick Pick and leave it up to your luck.
  • Or you can specify the bet amount and bet type and select your numbers. You can purchase Playslip from any licensed lottery retailers.

Drawing Date and Time for Illinois Lotto

The Illinois Lotto drawings are held thrice a week.

  • The Illinois lottery holds the draw every Monday approximately at 9:22 P.M. CST.
  • The Illinois lottery holds the draw every Thursday approximately at 9:22 P.M. CST.
  • The Illinois lottery holds the draw every Saturday approximately at 9:22 P.M. CST.

Official Results Of Illinois Lotto

  • After drawing, you can check the numbers and prizes over the official website or visit authorized Illinois Lottery retailers, or on selected TV news channels or newspapers.
  • Or you can also check your winning numbers by visiting the Illinois Lottery Youtube Channel.

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Playing Illinois Lotto is super easy and highly rewarding! Purchase an Illinois Lotto ticket for $1, select 6 numbers from a field of 1 to 52, and mark it on your playslip. Or you can opt for Quick Pick if you prefer playing numbers randomly generated by the lottery terminal. The jackpot starts at $2 million, which keeps on growing until someone wins the jackpot. If your selected lottery numbers match the drawn numbers you bag the winning amounts. You also have the option of increasing your non-jackpot winnings for an additional $1 by just opting for Extra Shot.

The Illinois Lotto drawings are held thrice a week, every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday at 9:22 P.M. CST. You are eligible to purchase your lottery tickets by 9:15 P.M. CST for that day’s draw.

You can increase your non-jackpot Lotto prizes by adding the Extra Shot feature to your lottery ticket for an additional $1. Purchasing a computer-generated Extra Shot number will give you the chance of increasing your non-jackpot winnings and will be applied to all the lines played on your ticket. The Extra Shot number is separately drawn from the Lotto numbers and if this number matches the Lotto number, you can increase your non-jackpot winnings by 25 times.

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Rules Governing Lotto

  • The legal age of playing the Illinois Lottery is 18 years.
  • Players are responsible to ensure the accuracy of their ticket, not the retailers or authorities.
  • Players need to claim their winnings within a valid time period of 365 days else their winnings will be fortified.
  • All games are strictly subjected to the Illinois State Laws.
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Claiming a Prize from the Lotto Lottery

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  • As per the rules by Illinois Lottery, your original winning ticket is the only valid receipt for prize claims.
  • Your lottery ticket is a bearer instrument, which means anyone who possesses the ticket is the winner.

Quick Facts

  • Game type: Lotto Game
  • Game Format: 6/52
  • Game availability:Exclusively available in Illinois only
  • Game draw days and time: Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 9:22 P.M. CST
  • Minimum jackpot amount: $2000,000
  • Minimum cash prize: $1
  • Minimum age to play: 18
  • Jackpot odds:1 in 20,358,520
  • Game add-on option: Extra Shot
  • Ticket cost: $1 per play
  • Jackpot payment options: Lump-sum and Annuity
  • Lottery operator: Illinois Lottery

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