Illinois Lotto FAQs
Want to know more about Illinois Lotto? Take a look at these frequently asked questions.
Question: When do Illinois Lotto draws take place?
Answer: Draws for the Illinois Lotto take place three times a week on Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 21.22 CST. To view the latest results and prize breakdowns visit the Illinois Lotto Numbers page shortly after the draw.Back to Top
Question: I don’t live in Illinois - can I still buy Illinois Lotto tickets?
Answer: Anyone can play Illinois Lotto, regardless of their location, by using an online concierge service. All you have to do is choose your numbers and place an order to have an agent purchase a ticket for you. A scanned copy will be sent to your online account and you’ll be notified by email straight away if you’ve won a prize.Back to Top
Question: Is there a cut-off time for Illinois Lotto ticket sales?
Answer: Illinois Lotto ticket sales close at 21.15 CST on the night of a draw. If you are playing Illinois Lotto through a concierge service, you may need to buy your tickets a few hours earlier than the actual deadline.Back to Top
Question: Does the Illinois Lotto have a minimum guaranteed jackpot?
Answer: Yes, the minimum jackpot is set at US$2 million.Back to Top
Question: What is Extra Shot?
Answer: Extra Shot is a supplementary feature that costs an additional US$1. If you match the Extra Shot number drawn on a night, you can vastly increase the value of non-jackpot prizes that might win.Back to Top
Question: How can I win an Illinois Lotto prize?
Answer: Illinois Lotto has 11 different prize tiers if you play with Extra Shot. Matching just the Extra Shot number will net you US$5 while matching all six numbers drawn will see you win the multi-million dollar jackpot!Back to Top
Question: What are the odds of winning an Illinois Lotto prize?
Answer: Odds of winning an Illinois Lotto prize vary depending on whether or not you play with Extra Shot. Your odds of winning any prize in the base game are 1 in 7.36 and 1 in 5.68 with Extra Shot, while the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 20,358,520.Back to Top
Question: How long do I have to claim a prize?
Answer: Illinois Lotto prizes expire one year after the date of the draw. You will not be able to claim any prize you are owed after this time.Back to Top
Question: How old do I have to be to play Illinois Lotto?
Answer: You must be at least 18 years old to play Illinois Lotto.Back to Top
Question: Are winnings on Illinois Lotto taxable?
Answer: Illinois Lotto prizes are subject to state and federal taxes. Illinois state taxes are applicable on all prizes worth US$1,000 or more. If you win over US$5,000, your prize will be subject to a federal withholding of 25 percent in addition to state taxes. Players located outside of Illinois should get in touch with a local tax authority to find out if they will owe any other taxes on a large prize.Back to Top
Question: Does Illinois Lotto have a rollover limit or jackpot cap?
Answer: There is currently no jackpot cap or rollover limit for Illinois Lotto. If no one wins the top prize in a draw, then the amount will roll over and increase by US$250,000 for the next draw. The rollovers will continue until the jackpot is won.Back to Top
Question: When will the next Illinois Lotto draw take place?
Answer: Thursday 26th January 2017 .Back to Top
Question: What is the current value of the Illinois Lotto jackpot?
Answer: $9,250,000.Back to Top
Question: How much does it cost to buy a ticket for the Illinois Lotto?
Answer: A single ticket costs $1. A bonus called the Extra Shot can also be added to a ticket for an additional $1.Back to Top