Illinois State Lottery
|Illinois State Lottery|
Current logo of the Illinois Lottery
|Formation||July 1, 1974|
- 1 Overview
- 2 Lottery games
- 3 Scratch games
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Televised drawings are based at the studios of CW affiliate WGN-TV (channel 9; which also televises the drawings) on West Bradley Place in Chicago's North Center neighborhood. The drawings occur twice daily, the midday drawing is held at 12:40 p.m. Central Time (airing Monday through Fridays during the noon hour of WGN's midday newscast and during syndicated programming on weekend afternoons) and the evening drawing is held at 9:22 p.m. CT (during WGN's 9 p.m. newscast); the numbers are also immediately relayed minutes later on Chicago area all-news radio station WBBM (780 AM/105.9 FM), which formerly also broadcast the drawings until 2006 when the radio broadcasts of the drawings were discontinued in order for WBBM to maintain its "news wheel" schedule. The drawings are supervised by the accounting firm of E.C. Ortiz & Co., LLP and verified by the auditing firm of Mayer Hoffman McCann, P.C. Illinois is the only state lottery to have their non multi-jurisdictional drawings televised nationwide (which are broadcast throughout the United States and much of Canada via WGN-TV's national superstation feed WGN America).
The Illinois Lottery is one of 44 lottery jurisdictions that participate in Mega Millions and Powerball (whose drawings are also broadcast by WGN-TV in the Chicago area and nationally on WGN America) – of these jurisdictions, 43 of the 44 lotteries offer both games. The Lottery also offers Lotto (in which players pick 6 of 52 numbers) with a smaller jackpot, which is played on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday nights. Pick 3 and Pick 4 numbers are drawn twice daily; the same numbers apply to those playing the same games in neighboring Iowa. Lucky Day Lotto (5/39), with a minimum jackpot of $100,000, is drawn nightly.
In 2009, the Illinois legislature passed amendments to the Lottery Law that approved the Internet Pilot Program to launch the sale of the Mega Millions and Lotto games on the Internet. On December 23, 2011, a U.S. Justice Department decision provided much anticipated clarity to Illinois' and other U.S. lotteries by confirming that the sale of lottery products over the internet by lotteries in United States jurisdictions was legal. On March 25, 2012, Illinois became the first jurisdiction to allow internet lottery sales. Adults with an IP address within the state of Illinois can play the Lottery in this manner. The program will run for 36 to 48 months on a trial basis.
Winners of a Mega Millions (on an Illinois Lottery ticket) or a Lotto jackpot must choose the cash option within 60 days of the drawing if the cash option is desired (a Powerball jackpot winner on an Illinois Lottery ticket has 60 days after claiming to make their choice). Like other state lotteries, purchasers must be at least 18 years of age in order to buy a lottery ticket for any of the drawn games or a scratch-off game.
Distribution of funds
Illinois Lottery proceeds currently benefit three major areas: 1) the state's Common School Fund (CSF), which helps finance K-12 public schools; 2) The Capital Projects Fund, used for infrastructure improvements and job creation and 3) special causes like Illinois veterans, breast cancer charities and research, assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS, and multiple sclerosis research. Each of the four special causes above are funded by a unique instant scratch-off game authorized by the Illinois General Assembly.
When the Lottery began in 1974, proceeds went into the state's General Revenue Fund. In 1985, a law was enacted to earmark all Lottery proceeds to the CSF. Interestingly, a similar initiative was vetoed a year earlier by then-governor James R. Thompson, who said the bill earmaking Lottery proceeds to the CSF would give people the wrong impression that the Lottery would be a panacea for school funding.
The Lottery's first contributions from special-cause instant games occurred in the 2006 fiscal year. The first contribution to the Capital Projects Fund occurred in FY2010. In FY2012, the Lottery contributed $639,875,000 to the CSF; $65,200,000 to the Capital Projects Fund; and $3,421,368 in support of the four special-cause instant games initiated to date. The Illinois Lottery has contributed more than $17.5 billion to good causes from its inception through the 2012 fiscal year.
Current in-house drawings
Pick 3 (originally known as The Daily Game) launched on February 19, 1980. It started out as a single-drawing game that was held on Monday through Saturday evenings. On March 20, 1983, the lottery began to offer Sunday drawings of Pick 3. Ten years later on December 20, 1993, it expanded to 13 draws weekly with the addition of midday drawings. Pick 3 draws three sets of balls numbered 0 through 9. Prices, options, and payouts vary.
Pick 4, similar to Pick 3, began on February 16, 1982, with drawings held on Tuesday and Friday evenings. On August 27, 1984, drawings expanded to six nights a week with the addition of Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday draws. Sunday drawings were added on March 9, 1985. Concurrent with the expansion of Pick 3 to daily drawings, on December 20, 1993, Pick 4 expanded to 13 draws weekly with the addition of midday games. The game draws four sets of ten balls numbered 0 through 9. Prices, options and payouts vary.
On September 1, 2013, the Illinois Lottery introduced an optional feature to Pick 3 and Pick 4, called "Fireball", to provide a chance to obtain more winning number combinations. The option can be added for a cost equivalent to the player's original base wager (for example, if a Pick 3 wager is 50¢, it costs an additional 50¢ to add the "Fireball" option); it can also be drawn in numbered and unnumbered ways. If a number is included, it can replace one of the player's original, correct numbers. A bonus prize will be awarded if the all of the numbers are matched.
My3 began play on September 9, 2012, with drawings held on daily at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Central Time (making it the only daily game that is not drawn at the same times as Pick 3, Pick 4 and Lotto). The game, which is separate from Pick 3, allows players to choose their favorite numbers without the need to specify the type of wager being made. Players must match all three numbers in exact order to win $200. Lesser cash amounts can be won depending on the order in which the numbers are drawn.
On February 19, 1983, Lotto began as a Saturday-only game, with six of 40 numbered balls being drawn. On May 19, 1984, it became a 6/44 game. On December 1, 1985, advance play was introduced. On January 15, 1986, Wednesday drawings were added; the game was played twice weekly until April 15, 1987. Beginning with the May 7, 1988 drawing, the matrix in which the six numbers could be drawn increased from 44 to 54. On April 7, 1990, new balls and a Beitel Criterion drawing machine debuted. Wednesday drawings were reintroduced on August 15, 1990. On January 15, 1998, the 6/54 matrix was scaled down to 6/48, featuring an all-cash jackpot that began at $1 million (previously, the jackpot was annuitized, with no cash option). The matrix changed again to 6/52 on April 14, 1999, and added a fourth prize, $3, for matching three numbers; the jackpot again became annuitized, but with a cash option.
The odds of winning a jackpot in the game's current version are 1:10,179,260 per $1 played. The starting jackpot for the game is $2 million. Players get two games for each $1 played; a Lotto Extra Shot play (see below) costs $2. All Lotto (Extra Shot) games must be bought in multiples of two.
Lotto Extra Shot
In November 2012, Illinois introduced an add-on to Lotto, called "Lotto Extra Shot". While regular plays are $1 for two games, Lotto Extra Shot plays are a minimum of $2. An LES purchase adds a "quick-picked" number from 1 through 25 for each play. The Lottery draws 6 of 52 numbers, as before, but now also an "Extra Shot" number from 1 through 25.
A player matching three or more numbers without the Extra Shot number as well wins as before. Matching only the Extra Shot wins $5, with one number $2; with two numbers, $10. Matching three numbers plus the Extra Shot wins $75, or 25 times the usual $3 prize for three numbers. Matching four or five numbers plus the Extra Shot wins 25 times the parimutuel prize amount for that category in that drawing. Matching all six numbers plus the Extra Shot does not multiply the jackpot prize, whether or not a jackpot is won by multiple plays.
Lucky Day Lotto
On June 1, 1988, Illinois created "Cash 5", which began as a 5/35 game that was drawn on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On May 15, 1989, the game's name was changed to "Little Lotto". New drawing balls were introduced on April 6, 1990; the game used a Beitel Criterion drawing machine. On November 7, 1994, five of the possible numbers were removed from the game (with the matrix becoming 5/30). Little Lotto became a Monday-through-Friday game beginning with the August 4, 1998 drawing. On February 25, 2004, the number matrix for "Little Lotto" changed again, to 5/39, with jackpots beginning at $100,000; the game's drawing also expanded to seven days a week (initially, the name was stylized as "little lotto"). In 2012, "Little Lotto" was renamed as Lucky Day Lotto.
Current multi-jurisdictional drawings
Mega Millions (45 jurisdictions)
On September 6, 1996, six lotteries (primarily located in the country's most heavily populated states), including the Illinois Lottery, became participants in a jackpot game originally known as "The Big Game". Jackpots for Mega Millions begin at $12 million; the game's "Megaplier" option became available in Illinois in January 2011. The price of a basic Mega Millions play is $1, which increases to $2 with the Megaplier added.
Initially, the game's drawings were to be held at the WGN-TV studios, alongside the Illinois Lottery; however, to entice the Georgia Lottery to switch from Powerball (Georgia wanted to offer both games for several months; instead, the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) booted it from Powerball within days of "The Big Game"'s startup), the game's official venue ended up being based out of Atlanta (Georgia rejoined Powerball on January 31, 2010; see below for the cross-sell expansion).
Powerball (45 jurisdictions)
Powerball began play in 1992. On October 13, 2009, the Mega Millions consortium and Multi-State Lottery Association reached an agreement to cross-sell Mega Millions and Powerball in US lottery jurisdictions. Illinois began selling tickets for both games on January 31, 2010. On January 15, 2012, the price of a Powerball play was raised to $2, or $3 with the "Power Play" option.
Former drawing games
Beginning on April 22, 1987, the Illinois Lottery offered a second jackpot game called "Lotto 7". The game was drawn on Wednesday nights. Jackpots were annuitized; there was never a cash option. "Lotto 7" was discontinued on May 4, 1988.
Multiple scratch games in varying amounts and themes are offered by the lottery, including games based on licensed properties such as the NBC game show Deal or No Deal. Chicago and St. Louis sports teams also have tie-ins with the Lottery.
- Associated Press (March 25, 2012). "Ticket sales underway as Illinois becomes first state to sell lottery tickets online - chicagotribune.com". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
- Aguilar, Mario (March 23, 2012). "Illinois Will Be the First State to Sell Lottery Tickets Online". Gizmodo. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
- New Way To Play The Illinois Lottery, WTVO/WQRF, August 29, 2013.
- Illinois Lottery Introduces My-3 Game, KMOX, September 8, 2012.