Illinois Lottery Launches the First Major League Baseball Instant Ticket Featuring Cardinals, Cubs and White Sox

Lottery Players Have the Chance to Win Cash, Prizes and a Trip to the World Series

For Immediate Release Contact: Chanele Newton 312-368-5814

Chicago – May 08, 2012 – Illinois baseball fans can look forward to winning season tickets or even a trip to the World Series this season courtesy of a series of Illinois Lottery instant games. Opening Day for sales will be celebrated at Harry Caray’s today, with former Cubs player, Bill Madlock and former White Sox player, Bill Melton hitting for the fences with a game that has a top instant prize of $25,000. Michael Jones, Illinois Lottery Superintendent and former third baseman for the Sagamhara Dodgers of the Army Occupation Forces’ Little League, announced that beyond cash, players of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals themed instant games can win season tickets to the 2013 season and two all expense paid trips for four to this year’s World Series. This is the first ticket of its kind in Illinois.

The games also offer two ways to qualify for the World Series, the standard second chance lottery used by thousands of players or a unique entry for anyone playing Mega Millions or the lottery’s first in the nation Internet Lottery Test.

“The Lottery has never done a baseball themed instant ticket,” said Michael Jones, Superintendent of the Illinois Lottery “this summer, buying one of these beautiful, almost collectible tickets, makes fun at the old ball park available at every lottery retailer.”
All teams are excited about this ticket and are looking forward to the launch.

"The MLB instant ticket series is a great opportunity for baseball fans to display their team spirit while trying to win exclusive prizes like 2013 season tickets at Wrigley Field," said Wally Hayward, Executive Vice President, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Chicago Cubs. "We'll be rooting for our fans to scratch and win on these brand new Cubs-themed tickets."

“The White Sox are thrilled to partner with the Illinois Lottery on the Major League Baseball instant ticket series,” said Brooks Boyer, White Sox senior vice president of sales and marketing. “This is yet another fun way to engage with Sox fans throughout the state of Illinois.”

The $2 instant ticket series is now available at more than 8,000 lottery retailers throughout the state. As with all lottery tickets, the proceeds from these tickets will benefit the Common School Fund and Capital Projects Fund. Start thinking about who you would take to the World Series or how many games you can see next summer at your favorite ballpark. Everyone who plays has the same chance to win a prize. In fact, the odds for all the prizes combined are probably better than pitching a perfect game, which someone did just two weeks ago! With the Illinois Lottery, anything is possible.

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About Illinois Lottery: Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $17 billion to the state Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as the Capital Projects Fund. Play Responsibly. Players must be at least 18 years old.