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.

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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