Illinois Lottery Reports Record-Breaking Sales at Close of Fiscal Year 2010

Superintendent announces eighth consecutive sales record; 4th consecutive year exceeding $2 billion

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

Springfield, Ill. – July 13, 2010 – The Illinois Lottery reports more than $2.2 billion in sales, for fiscal year 2010 (FY10), the highest single-year sales in the Lottery’s 36-year history. FY10 sales, which ran from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010, increased 5.4 percent over FY09, the previous record-breaking year. 

“FY10’s success was made possible by continuing to build upon a solid business model and laying a strong foundation to fuel future growth,” said Jodie Winnett, Acting Superintendent for the Illinois Lottery. “The Lottery is thrilled to support Illinois through contributing to public education and capital building projects throughout the state.”

In FY10, the Lottery transferred $625 million to the Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools and more than $32 million to the new Capital Projects. Instant games continued to lead the Lottery’s growth with options such as the first-ever Blackhawks Cash ticket, the ever-popular Bingo and Crossword games and the introduction of our first $30 ticket with a prize of up to $3 million. In addition, through the sale of cause-specific “specialty” games in FY10, the Lottery raised more than $1.13 million for Illinois veteran groups, $850,000 for the battle against breast cancer, $1.02 million to improve the lives of people living with AIDS and $1.28 million to help create a world free of Multiple Sclerosis. 

“I attribute the success of the Lottery to several factors, including responding to player suggestions, honing our marketing messages to reach new audiences, by introducing new games such as Powerball and focusing on the fundamentals of our business,” added Winnett. 

Illinois began offering Powerball, the popular multi-state jackpot game, January 31, 2010. This new game, in addition to Mega Millions, gives players the opportunity to win life-hanging jackpots four times a week. Lottery also added both Powerplay, part of Powerball, and Megaplier, part of Mega Millions, where for an extra $1 a player can boost a second prize amount to a $1 million jackpot. 

FY10 Contributions

Complete audited financial results for the 2010 fiscal year will be provided when the Lottery publishes its annual report later this year. Previous annual reports are posted on the Lottery’s website at


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.