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Illinois Lotto Review

The Illinois Lotto is a rather unique lottery, that has a starting jackpot of $2 million, which grows quickly and can be rolled over indefinitely. Players need to select six numbers ranging between one and 52 and only pay one dollar for two games, which greatly improves their chances of winning. While the tickets can be also acquired online, it is important to note that a minimum purchase of five dollars if necessary, but for this money players will have 10 chances to win a significant amount when the draw takes place. Contrary to popular belief, the fact that the players need to indicate six numbers out of a total of 52 don't increase their chances of winning the jackpot. Since a dollar buys two lottery tickets, the chances of winning with either of them stand at 1 in 10 million for the jackpot. For this to happen, players must succeed in matching all six numbers, while the second category requires them to indicate only 5+ the extra shot. The price starts at $25,000 while the chances to match only five numbers are 1 in 36,000. The next two categories award prizes of $750 for matching four numbers plus the extra shot, and a puny $30 for only four numbers. There are four more categories that help lottery players qualify for prizes, although the amounts are not even double digits. The overall chances of winning a prize in Illinois Lotto are roughly one in 32 and with so many weekly draws it is almost impossible not to win something eventually, if you play often enough.

How to Play the Illinois Lotto?

The lottery conducts drawings three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 9:20 PM CST with the winning numbers being published online and in local newspapers. Those who choose to watch the draws live will see that three ball sets are used for every draw and the machines that are responsible for selecting the winning numbers comply with the highest security standards. In the unlikely event that the Illinois Lotto drawing machine doesn't work, the event is scheduled for the Lucky Day Lotto drawing. The rules of the game couldn't be simpler and those who have played the Lotto anywhere in the United States, will find them to be almost identical. Players share the goal of matching all six numbers out of a total of 52 and the prizes they award depends on how many numbers they accurately predict. It makes no difference whether they chose to purchase the tickets online or from a local store because the odds of winning and the costs are the same. Those who are lucky enough to win any prize, should make sure to claim it no later than a year after the draw took place, otherwise the money will be forfeit.

Illinois Lotto Rules

The Illinois Lotto costs $1 for two games. In order to start playing the Illinois Lotto six unique numbers need to be selected from the Play Slip. These numbers need to be within 1 to 52 and there is an option for automatic selection as well from Quick Pick. The draw takes place three times a week: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 9.22 pm. The numbers are also published in the local newspapers.

The Odds of Winning Illinois Lotto

The chances of matching all 6 numbers for first prize are 1 in 20,358,520 for the $3.5 million jackpot. The second prize odds are 1 in 73,763, that is, 5 out of 6 numbers. The chances of 4 numbers matching out 6 for third prize are 1 in 1,311. The overall chances of winning the Illinois Lotto are 1 in 8.32.
Prize Tier Odds of Winning
Match 6 – Jackpot 1 in 20,358,520
Match 5 + Extra Shot 1 in 1,844,069
Match 5 1 in 73,763
Match 4 + Extra Shot 1 in 32,783
Match 3 + Extra Shot 1 in 1,676
Match 4 1 in 1,311
Match 2 + Extra Shot 1 in 208
Match 3 1 in 67
Match 1 + Extra Shot 1 in 62
Match 0 + Extra Shot 1 in 54
Match 2 1 in 8.32

Illinois Lotto Prize Breakdown

There are 5 prize tiers in Illinois Lotto with prizes starting at $1 for matching just 2 numbers. But if a lottery player decided to include the Extra Shot, there is an additional prize tier, which awards players with $5 for matching just 1 number.
Prize Tier Base Prize
Match 6 – Jackpot Jackpot – Minimum $2 million, increases by $250,000 with every rollover
Match 5 + Extra Shot Pari-mutuel prize of approx. $50,000 (Match 5 prize x 25)
Match 5 Pari-mutuel prize of approx. $2,000
Match 4 + Extra Shot Pari-mutuel prize of approx. $1,250 (Match 4 prize x 25)
Match 3 + Extra Shot $125 fixed prize
Match 4 Pari-mutuel prize of approx. $50
Match 2 + Extra Shot $25 fixed prize
Match 3 $5 fixed prize
Match 1 + Extra Shot $10 fixed prize
Match 0 + Extra Shot $5 fixed prize
Match 2 $1 fixed prize

Illinois Lotto Results

Illinois Lotto is a 6 + 1 number lottery game. To win $7.75 Million Illinois Lotto jackpot, you have to match 6 main numbers. Here are the Illinois Lotto winning numbers for 21-09-2017 CST:


Illinois Lotto Past Results

The Illinois Lotto result archive contains the results from 13-05-2009 CST up to the last ones. You only need to select the right date from the list.

Thursday 21st September 2017 04 18 21 24 46 47 10
Monday 18th September 2017 08 16 27 28 32 51 14
Thursday 14th September 2017 03 08 29 37 46 48 10
Monday 11th September 2017 14 19 21 28 38 41 13
Saturday 9th September 2017 02 10 21 27 36 37 07
Thursday 7th September 2017 05 27 30 36 47 48 23
Monday 4th September 2017 01 04 05 08 09 19 04
Saturday 2nd September 2017 02 06 10 21 27 41 04
Thursday 31st August 2017 03 05 08 19 39 50 16
Monday 28th August 2017 01 13 17 21 32 41 13

Illinois Lotto Prizes

The Illinois Lotto lottery features 11 prize divisions. To win any prize in Illinois Lotto, you have to match 1 number. Chances to hit the Illinois Lotto jackpot are 1 in 20,358,520. To see all the Illinois Lotto odds, go to the REVIEW tab.

Divisions Match Payout per Winner
1 Prize 6 $0.00
2 Prize 5 + Extrashot $0.00
3 Prize 5 $1,625.50
4 Prize 4 + Extrashot $1,412.50
5 Prize 4 $56.50
6 Prize 3 + Extrashot $125.00
7 Prize 3 $5.00
8 Prize 2 + Extrashot $25.00
9 Prize 2 $1.00
10 Prize 1 + Extrashot $10.00
11 Prize Extrashot $5.00

Illinois Lotto Hot & Cold Numbers

Illinois Lotto hot numbers are the lottery numbers that appear the most in drawings. Illinois Lotto cold numbers are the numbers that appear infrequently. Some lotto players choose them specifically because of the frequency, believing that their reappearance in Illinois Lotto results is only a matter of time, while others stay clear.


Illinois Lotto Jackpot History

The jackpot history tool will enable you to see the changes in the biggest Illinois Lotto jackpots over time. Use the data to carry out analysis, comparisons and predictions for the next Illinois Lotto jackpot. The biggest Illinois Lotto jackpot is $27,000,000 and it was won on 2016-03-17 CST.

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Illinois Lotto Number Generator

The Illinois Lotto generator provides FREE lucky numbers for Illinois Lotto draws. All you need to do is to enter your name, your birth date, the day of the draw and other data pertaining to the drawing you plan to participate in.

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