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MLB Instant Ticket Is A Home Run Amongst Illinoisans

For Immediate Release Contact: Chanele Newton 312-368-5814

Chicago – May 18, 2012 – Last week, the Illinois Lottery hit the ball out of the park when it launched its new MLB instant tickets. The collectable-worthy tickets are designed after three of the Land of Lincoln’s favorite teams – the Chicago Cubs™, Chicago White Sox™, and the St. Louis Cardinals™. Illinoisans across the state have been rallying for their choice team and voicing their opinions on the Illinois Lottery’s Facebook page.

“Cardinals for sure,” said Tracy Sollenberger via the Illinois Lottery’s Facebook page. “Gotta go with the team that’s won the world series in the last 5 years,” she says.

“SOX all Day Baby 4 life!” said Douglas Outlaw.

Roberto Gonzalez said, “We all know which ones are gonna sell out 1st Cubbies!!!”

Currently, the Chicago White Sox™ instant ticket has been the first to shell out a top prize win. A $25,000 winning ticket was sold on the West Side of Chicago at Fadi Foods, 656 N. Homan Avenue. St. Louis Cardinals™ 2013 season tickets were won in Southern Illinois. Sax Speedi-Chek, 1440 W. Main Street, in Mascoutah was the convenience store that sold the lucky ticket. Although the Chicago Cubs™ instant ticket hasn’t produced a big win, ticket sales continue to outscore both teams.

 

MLB Instant Ticket Standings

Teams

% Sold in Week 1

Top Prize Sold

Season Ticket Wins

Extra Pts. for Winning Tickets Sold

Ranking

Chicago Cubs™

10.9

0

0

0

2

Chicago White Sox™

7.7

1

0

5

1

St. Louis Cardinals™

7.6

0

1

2.5

3

 

*all numbers are rough estimates

The $2 instant ticket series is available at more than 8,000 lottery retailers throughout the state. As with all lottery tickets, the net proceeds from these tickets will benefit the Common School Fund and Capital Projects Fund.

QUICK MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL INSTANT TICKET FACTS

  • Ticket launched on May  8, 2012
  • Former Chicago Cub Bill Madlock and former Chicago White Sox player Bill Melton helped launch the ticket.
  • Top instant prizes  for each ticket is $25,000
  • Players have the chance to win 2013 season tickets and participate in a second chance promotion for a 2012 World Series™           Getaway Package.
  • All profits from the MLB instant ticket in support education and capital developments.

 

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About Illinois Lottery

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

 



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