The Illinois Lottery’s St. Patrick’s Day Raffle Is Back

Take your best shot at becoming a millionaire

For Immediate Release Contact: Mike Lang 217-524-5158
Liz Leonard 312-368-5823

CHICAGO, IL—Feb. 15, 2012— Back by popular demand, the Illinois Lottery launched the St. Patrick’s Day Millionaire Raffle today at more than 7,800 Lottery retailers throughout the state. St. Patrick’s Day Raffle tickets will remain on sale until March 17, 2012, or until all tickets are sold – whichever comes first.

With only 500,000 raffle tickets printed, the St. Patrick’s Day Raffle offers players the best odds to win one of four $1,000,000 top prizes (odds are 1 in 125,000), five $100,000 prizes (odds are 1 in 100,000) and 500 $1,000 prizes (odds are 1 in 1,000). That’s 509 available prizes with overall odds of 1 in 982. The latest St. Pat’s raffle marks the 10th time the Illinois Lottery has offered a raffle game. Thirty-six people have won $1 million prizes in previous Illinois raffle drawings.

The St. Patrick’s Day Raffle is played like a typical raffle-type draw game. Players will not select their own raffle numbers. Each St. Patrick’s Day Raffle ticket will contain a unique number automatically generated by the Lottery terminal. Raffle tickets will be sold in sequential order throughout the state beginning with ticket number 001 and ending with ticket number 500,000. A player’s raffle ticket must exactly match one of the winning number sequences drawn to win one of the raffle’s 509 prizes. Each raffle ticket costs $20.

The St. Patrick’s Day Raffle drawing will be held March 17, 2012. Winning raffle numbers will be available on the Illinois Lottery’s website at

Players from last year’s St. Patrick’s Day Raffle are encouraged to check the Lottery website to see whether they are holding a winning raffle ticket worth a $1,000 prize. The Illinois Lottery reports that 47 winning $1,000 raffle prizes remain unclaimed and will expire on March 17, 2012.


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.