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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.
Originally the game was introduced as Cash 5 on June 1, 1988, which began as a 5/35, that was drawn on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The game’s name was changed to “Little Lotto” on May 15, 1989. On April 6, 1990, new drawing balls were introduced and the game started using a Beitel Criterion drawing machine. After multiple changes in 1994, 1998, and 2004, the final alterations were done on July 14, 2014, wherein Lucky Day Lotto was changed to 5/45, with 4/5, 3/5, and 2/5 payouts got doubled with the same jackpot theory. Since the game’s introduction, Lucky Day Lotto has produced a number of lottery winners.

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About The Commission

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.

Illinois State Lottery Beneficiaries

Proceeds from Lottery ticket sales and unclaimed prizes go back to the community for -Public Education, Infrastructure Projects, and Other Special Causes

Illinois State Lottery Contact Information

101 West Jefferson
Street Springfield
Zip Code: IL 62702
Phone: (217) 524-6435

122 South Michigan Avenue,
19th Floor Chicago
Zip Code: IL 60603
Phone: (312)793-3030

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