Illinois Lottery General Information
Illinois Lotteries Drawing Days and Times
The following table lists the drawing schedule of all Illinois lottery games. Drawing times are local and approximate.
|Game||Draw Days||Draw Time|
|Pick 3 Day||Everyday||12:40 p.m|
|Pick 3 Evening||Everyday||9:22 p.m|
|Pick 4 Day||Everyday||12:40 p.m|
|Pick 4 Evening||Everyday||9:22 p.m|
|Little Lotto||Everyday||9:22 p.m|
|Lotto||Monday, Wednesday and Saturday||9:22 p.m.|
|Mega Millions||Tuesday and Friday||10 p.m|
|Powerball||Wednesday and Saturday||10 p.m.|
Illinois Lottery Games - Types, Top Prizes, Odds
The following is a compact summary of each Illinois lottery game. It includes a brief description of how to play a game, the top
prizes/jackpots, and the odds of winning the top prize. You can click on a game name for detailed information.
|Game||How to Play||Top Prize||Top Prize Odds|
|Pick 3||Select 3-digits 000 to 999||$500||1 in 1,000|
|Pick 4||Select 4-digits 0000 to 9999||$5,000||1 in 10,000|
|Little Lotto||Select 5 numbers, 1 through 39||$100,000|
|1 in 575,757|
|Lotto||Select 6 numbers, 1 through 52||$2,000,000|
|1 in 10,179,260|
|Mega Millions||Select 5 numbers, 1 through 56 |
+ 1 Megaball number, 1 through 46
|1 in 175,711,536|
|Powerball||Select 5 numbers, 1 through 59 |
+ 1 Powerball number, 1 through 39
|1 in 195,249,054|
Top prizes listed with "rollover" are the starting amount. The Jackpot prizes will grow after every draw until someone wins.
Pari-mutuel prize structure means players' winnings are determined by dividing the prize pool allocated for that winning category by the
number of winners.
Although the odds of winning the jackpot for a 6/52 game is 1 in 20,358,520, the odds of Illinois Lotto are half of that since the
player gets two sets of numbers for each dollar.
Illinois Lottery General Rules and Regulations
The following are the most prominent rules and regulations that the player should be aware of before playing the Illinois lottery games.
- Illinois Lottery players must be 18 years of age or older.
- Illinois residents can play Mega Millions, Lotto or Little Lotto by subscriptions. To play by subscriptions you either call
1-800-PLAY LOTTO (800-752-9568), or download the mail-in subscription form. See detail here
- Subscriptions can be paid with MasterCard® or VISA® or debit cards.
- Please see also the Illinois Lottery FAQ page
Claiming Prizes of the Illinois Lottery
Here are the steps you have to follow if you are a lucky winner of any Illinois lottery,
- All Illinois Lottery On-line games (Pick 3, Pick 4, Little Lotto, Lotto, Mega Millions and Powerball) prizes must be claimed
within 1 year of the applicable draw date.
- Prizes of $600 or less may be redeemed at any Illinois Lottery retailer.
- For prizes above $600, winners must fill out a claim form with any retailer or mailed to the Illinois Lottery in Springfield.
A check will be mailed within four to six weeks.
- All Illinois Lottery prizes are subject to applicable federal and state withholdings, and state and federal income taxes.
25% in Federal tax is withheld from prize amounts over $5,000, and 5% Illinois State tax is withheld from prize amounts of $1,000
or more. Actual tax liability may be more or less, depending on your individual filing status.
For further information, please see the
Illinois lottery How to Claim page.
Where do the Illinois Lottery profits go?
Here is what the Illinois Lottery website says.
"By law, profits from all regular Lottery games are deposited into the state's Common School Fund supporting kindergarten
through 12th grade public education. Illinois students and schoolrooms receive nearly $623 million per year in Lottery revenue -
about 9.6% of the state's annual contribution to K-12 education. From chalk to computer labs, the dollars you don't win back are
going toward a winning cause."
"The Illinois Lottery is additionally mandated to conduct lottery games to benefit specific causes. Through June 30, 2006,
the Lottery has transferred $2.6 million to the Ticket for the Cure Fund to support breast cancer awareness programs and $1.6
million to the Veterans Assistance Fund to support programs for the benefit of Illinois military veterans."
More information can be found here
Information on Each Illinois Lottery Game
Further information on each Illinois lottery lottery game such as how to play, how to win, prizes, etc., is available on
this site at the following pages.
US-Lotteries.com is not in any way affiliated with the Illinois Lottery. The information listed here is just a summary of important facts
extracted from Illinois Lottery web site. The main purpose of US-Lotteries.com is to present statistics and analysis of winning numbers, plus, online
tools and calculators such as wheels and combinations generators. Click below to see the contents of the tools available for each game.