When You Win

You won? You won!

Congratulations! Before you do anything else, sign the back of your ticket!

Winner's HandBook

View the Illinois Lottery Winner's Handbook.

For prizes up to $600

Most local lottery retailers will cash winning tickets that are less than $600.  Their ability to cash winning tickets is subject to fund availability and the individual retailer’s preference.  You can also cash lower denomination winning lottery tickets (less than $600) at any of the Prize Claim Centers around the state.  If you can’t make it to a Prize Claim Center, you can also mail your winning ticket along with a completed claim form and winner questionnaire  to Illinois Lottery Claims Department in Springfield, Illinois.  The address is:

P.O. BOX 19080
SPRINGFIELD, IL, 62794-9080

Prizes over $600 but less than $1 million

Fill out a claim form available at any Illinois Lottery retailer and  mail it in.

You can mail your winning ticket to Springfield, IL.  Please make a copy for your records first. The address is:

P.O. BOX 19080
SPRINGFIELD, IL, 62794-9080

You can also visit Prize Claim Centers to immediately receive winnings up to $25,000 (less any taxes).

When you visit a prize center for any prize over $600, you'll need a photo ID and your social security card or an official document containing your social security number.  Acceptable documents include:  a social security card or letter from the Social Security Administration; federal or state tax return; payroll statement; military ID card; health insurance card; unexpired ID card issued by a federal, state or local  government agency;  W-2G wage/tax statement,  etc.   Persons without a social security number (or with restricted work-status) can claim Lottery prizes at a slightly higher withholding rate.

For prizes over $25,000, these centers can mail your claim form to the Illinois Lottery Claims Department in Springfield, IL, for you.

Prizes of $1 million or more

Call the Illinois Lottery Claims Department  at 217-524-5147 immediately! Then call your mom, your friends, and your entire address book.

Prize Claim Center Locations

Reminder! When you visit a Prize Center to file a claim for any prize amount over $600, you need to bring a photo ID, AND your Social Security Card or some acceptable means of verifying your Social Security Number.



James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph
7th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601



Regional Office 1, 2, & 6
9511 Harrison St
Des Plaines, Illinois 60016


Regional Office 3
200 S Wyman
Rockford, IL 61101


Illinois Lottery, Region 4
15 Executive Drive, Suite 3
Fairview Heights, IL 62208


Regional Office 5 & Lottery Central
Department of Revenue
Willard Ice Building 
101 West Jefferson Street Springfield, IL 62702

Prize Center
Telephone: 217/524-5147

Region 5 Telephone: 217/321-4751

Lottery Central/Player Hotline 


Please remember to check that the Lottery Prize Center is open on the day you plan to visit.  All Lottery Prize Centers will be closed.

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Prizes Won Online

When you play online, your winnings under $600 are automatically added to your account.

Winnings over $600 will be processed by the Illinois Lottery Claims department. You'll receive an email with instructions on how to complete the claim process.

What We Make Possible

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. (That's a lot of chalk).

The Illinois Lottery is additionally mandated to conduct Lottery games that benefit specific causes. The lottery supports the Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure, the Illinois Veterans Assistance Fund, Red Ribbon Cash (HIV/AIDS Prevention), MS Mission Move (supports Multiple Sclerosis Research), and Special Olympics. Learn more about the specific causes Illinois Lottery helps.

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