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. In 1980, the Illinois Lottery introduced Pick 3 as its first terminal game. Pick 3 induced a new winning streak into the lottery. The game rocketed the sales to $164 million during its first year of operation.

Originally Pick 3 was introduced as The Daily Game on February 19, 1980. It started as a single-drawing game that was held on Monday through Saturday evenings. The lottery introduced Sunday drawings for Pick 3 on March 20, 1983. Ten years later Pick 3 expanded to 13 draws weekly with the addition of Midday draws on December 20, 1993. Since its establishment, the Illinois Pick 3 plus FIREBALL, has been producing a notable amount of winners.

What happens when you win?

To affirm your win, dive in 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 above $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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