Hundreds will Howl. Five will Shriek. Four Might Faint.

Only Two Weeks Remain to Buy Illinois Lottery Halloween Raffle Tickets

For Immediate Release Contact: Tracy Owens (312) 793-1682 (office)

CHICAGO – October 19, 2009 – Howls and shrieks from Illinois Lottery raffle winners will fill the streets on Halloween. With less than two weeks to the drawing, more than half of the Illinois Lottery Halloween raffle tickets have been sold. The raffle will make four Illinois Lottery players millionaires on Halloween. 

Todd Pierce, Batavia, Ill., experienced the frightening fun of the Halloween Raffle in 2008. Pierce purchased two tickets and told his friends the night of the drawing that he was going to win big. The next morning, he discovered he was a winner. 

“I was in shock when I saw that my ticket matched the numbers of one of the $1,000,000 winning tickets,” Pierce said. “I started jumping up and down and hyperventilating. It was unbelievable. I always thought I was going to win something big and I did.” 

Pierce will try his luck again. “I’m going to buy 15 of the raffle tickets this year,” he added. “You have to buy a ticket to win and the odds are extremely good in this drawing.” According to the Illinois Lottery, odds to win $1,000 or more are 1 in 1,000. 500 people will win $1,000, five people will win $100,000 and four will win $1,000,000. 

Ghosts on the Loose 

Of last year’s 500 $1,000 winners, 24 still haven’t claimed their prize. If no one claims the ticket before close of business Friday, October 30, the prize amount will be deposited into the Illinois Common School Fund. The retailers that sold the unclaimed winning tickets and the winning numbers include:

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To date, the Lottery has made 20 Illinois Lottery players millionaires from the raffle style game. Ticket sales began Thursday, October 1, and will be sold in sequential order at all Lottery retailers for $20 each. A computerized drawing will randomly select the winners on October 31, 2009. Winning raffle numbers will be available on immediately after the drawing.


About Illinois Lottery

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $20 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 Players must be at least 18 years old.