Lotto with Extra Shot™ FAQ
What changes are being made to Lotto?
The Lotto game improvements will provide higher payouts of non-jackpot winnings. In addition, Lotto will add an additional "match 2" prize level and the Wednesday draw day is moving to Thursday. The price of Lotto will change to $1 for 1 game panel instead of 2 starting July 14, 2013.
Why did the price of Lotto change?
The price of Lotto is increasing to help build larger jackpots and to award larger prizes within prior prize categories. With the multistate games, like Powerball® and Mega Millions®, offering jackpots in excess of $100 million every 6-8 weeks, the Illinois Lottery decided to restructure Lotto with Extra Shot’s prize table to award new prizes and larger average prizes per category. Key changes are a new “match 2” prize plus larger average prizes for matching one to six numbers and matching Extra Shot.
Chart A. Lotto Game Matrix Comparison
When will the changes be made to Lotto?
The Lotto game will be changing on July 14, 2013. The last Wednesday draw date will be July 10, 2013.
Why is the Illinois Lottery changing the Wednesday draw to Thursday?
Currently the Illinois Lottery doesn’t have a large jackpot drawing offered on Thursday. Having the drawing on Thursday will spotlight Lotto with Extra Shot and remove it from the shadows of our multistate games. This change gives players a variety of days to play large jackpot games.
How do I play all my numbers on one ticket if I only get one board?
You can still play your favorite numbers by using the additional boards on the play slip.
Can I use the same play slip?
No, you will need to use the new play slips which will be in your local lottery retailer prior to the change.
Did the Lotto prize matrix change?
Yes, we changed the prize matrix and players are able to win more for matching one to six numbers and matching Extra Shot. In addition, Lotto will add an additional "match 2" prize level to give players a new chance to win.
Chart B. How to Win
Where can I find the winning numbers?
The winning numbers will be displayed on the Illinois Lottery website illinoislottery.com. The drawings will continue to take place at 9:22 p.m. CDT and will be broadcast live on WGN TV.
When will the drawings take place?
The drawings will continue to take place at 9:22 p.m. CDT and will be broadcast live on WGN TV.
Why are you cancelling my Lotto subscription?
The price of Lotto will change to $1 for 1 game panel instead of 2 starting July 14, 2013. This change in price will allow for bigger Lotto jackpots. Due to the price change, it is necessary to cancel existing subscriptions. In addition, Lotto is moving the Wednesday drawing to Thursday at 9:22 pm CDT. The Monday and Saturday draws will remain at 9:22 pm CDT. Currently the Illinois Lottery doesn’t have a large jackpot drawing offered on Thursday – now there is one more day in the week giving you a chance at a large jackpot.
When is the last day of my current subscription?
Your current subscription will end after the evening draw on July 13, 2013.
When can I sign up for a new Lotto subscription now?
Beginning July 14, 2013, you can sign up to purchase a new Lotto subscription online at www.illinoislottery.com.
Is this change to Lotto impacting my other Illinois Lottery subscriptions?
No, the change to Lotto subscriptions will not impact other Illinois Lottery subscriptions.
What happens if I have a balance remaining on my subscription, how will I get my refund?
If you have an active Illinois Lottery online account, the balance from your subscription will be refunded and deposited into your online account on July 14, 2013, where you can use the funds to purchase a new subscription, purchase other Illinois Lottery games over the Internet (such as Powerball and Mega Millions). Or you can then request to have the refund paid by check or via ACH to your checking account. Please note that if you have not accepted new Illinois Lottery Terms and Conditions and thus, do not have an active Illinois Lottery online account, a check will be mailed to your address on file. However, if you would like these funds deposited to your Illinois Lottery online account, please log into your Illinois Lottery online account on or before July 13, 2013, and accept the Terms and Conditions that will be presented to you when you log in.
If I am receiving a check refund for my subscriptions balance amount, when will the check be mailed?
Your check should be mailed within two to four weeks.
What happens to my discount (for 26 and 52 weeks subscriptions)?
Your discount was split amongst all the draws in your subscription at the time of purchase. You will receive a refund for the remaining balance.
Will I receive a full refund?
Your refund will be based on how many weeks of your subscription remain as of July 13, 2013.
Will I be able to see my past subscription information in my online account?
Yes, you will be able to see your original subscription information on the My Subscriptions page.
I forgot my online username and password. How can I get help so I can access my refund?
Call 1-800-252-1775 to speak with a customer service representative.
What is the best way to sign up for a new subscription?
Effective July 14, 2013, players are encouraged to sign up and purchase a new subscription at www.illinoislottery.com. It only takes a few minutes to sign up.
What happens if I had my subscription set to auto-renew?
Your subscription will not auto-renew due to the coming change to Lotto. You can sign-up for a new subscription starting July 14, 2013. When you purchase your new subscription you will be able to select the auto-renew feature.