|For Immediate Release||Contact: Chanele Newton 312-368-5814|
Chicago, IL— January 17, 2014 — On January 19, the Illinois Lottery will update the add-on feature called plus FIREBALL so that a numbered plus FIREBALL is drawn as part of every Pick 3 and Pick 4 drawing. This change will improve a player’s chance to win a prize and will give players the chance to turn non-winning tickets into winners. The Pick 3 and Pick 4 base games and prizes will remain the same, as will the drawing schedule (seven days a week, twice a day) and ticket prices (start at 50 cents).
How it Works:
A plus FIREBALL drawing is held along with each Pick 3 and Pick 4 drawing. For each plus FIREBALL drawing, one ball is selected, from a pool of balls numbered 0-9. The plus FIREBALL will now always be drawn only from a pool of numbered balls (previously, unnumbered balls were part of each drawing).Prize amounts for plus FIREBALL have been adjusted to accommodate this change. When a plus FIREBALL is drawn, the number on that ball can replace any one of the numbers drawn in the Pick 3 and Pick 4 drawing to make one or more winning plus FIREBALL combinations.
plus FIREBALL was added on to Pick 3 and Pick 4 this past September as a new play option to provide players a chance to obtain more winning number combinations.
Click the highlighted text for b-roll, and how-to-play video.
The winning numbers will be displayed on the Illinois Lottery website (www.illinoislottery.com) and the drawings will continue to take place at 12:40 p.m. and 9:22 p.m. Overall odds of winning a Pick 3 or Pick 4 prize vary based on the type of wager.
Please visit www.illinoislottery.com for more information.
About Illinois Lottery
Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $18 billion to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto at www.illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.