Illinois - Lotto
Every Wednesday and Saturday millions of Americans tune into their television sets to watch the live Illinois Lottery drawing. It is the only state to have a nationwide televised lottery drawing broadcasted on WGN America. Jackpots are paid out as either a lump sum (at a smaller amount) or in a 26-year annuity installment agreement.
Lottery Odds And Statistics
The Illinois Lottery game runs on an easy-to-learn 6/52 matrix. Players select six numbers from balls numbered 1 to 52. If all six numbers match you are the big Illinois jackpot winner. The odds of winning the grand prize are 1 in 10.17 million. To win a second tier prize the odds are 1 in 3.9 million, third tier prizes are 1 in 656 and the odds of winning any prize in the Illinois lotto are 1 in 32!
Lottery Security And Results
In 1974 Illinois had the first million dollar winner of their new lottery. A decade later a man was awarded the largest single winning prize in any North American lottery, a whopping $40 million. The Illinois lotto winnings continued to grow as a result of their rollover policy. In 1991 a trio of players won a record $65.5 million. The Illinois Lottery system is governed by the state with quarterly reviews by a nationally organized independent lotto commission.
The Illinois Lottery started in July 1974 and the first drawing was held in August. The actual Illinois Lottery game was launched in February 1983. At the time it used a 6/40 matrix, rather than the 6/52 matrix it operates with now. An “advanced play” feature was added in 1985. The following year the lotto started conducting their drawings every Wednesday, but in 1990 the now-utilized twice a week drawings began.
Twice each week millions of eager Americans tune in to watch the Illinois Lotto numbers come up live on their screens. The Illinois lotto broadcasts nationally on WGN America. As a result of the rollover policy the Illinois lotto jackpot can quickly get into the tens of millions! Tickets start at a dollar a play so get your lucky numbers for the Illinois lotto game today!