Illinois Lottery Celebrates The Holidays With New Instant Tickets

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

CHICAGO, IL— November 12, 2013 — The Illinois Lottery has released several new instant games. with a holiday theme. Holiday Cash, Instant Cheer, Candy Cane Crossword, Reindeer Riches and Merry Millionaire provide players a taste of the holidays--and a chance to win prizes ranging from $200 to $2 million. They make great gifts and stocking stuffers for adults, and join popular new instant games like Veterans Cash--which benefits Illinois Veterans-- and numbers games like the newly revised Mega Millions.

Holiday Cash is a $1 game that offers players the chance to win up to $200 by matching three like amounts. Overall odds of winning a prize in Holiday Cashare 1-in- 4.45.

The Lottery is spreading holiday cheer with its new $2 instant game, Instant Cheer. This game gives players the chance to win up to $25,000. Overall odds of winning a prize are 1-in- 4.41.

Players can try their luck on a holiday favorite - Candy Cane Crossword. This $3 game offers $50,000 top prizes. Overall odds of winning a prize are 1-in- 3.80.

Reindeer Riches provide players with a chance to win up to $200,000. Featuring colorful, festive artwork, this $5 game includes 1-in-3.90 overall odds of winning a prize.

Back by popular demand is the Merry Millionaire instant ticket. This $20 game has a top prize of $2 million. It features the popular match-number game-play, with several fun twists. Reveal a holiday stocking symbol and automatically win the prize shown; uncover a wreath symbol and win double the prize shown; get a pine tree symbol and win 5 times the prize shown; discover a 10X symbol and win 10 times the prize shown! Overall odds of winning a prize are 1-in- 2.97.

Because holiday themed games are often given by adults as gifts, the Illinois Lottery reminds players to double-check the age of those who may receive Lottery tickets to ensure all recipients are at least 18 years old.

Players can purchase these instant tickets at more than 8,100 Lottery retailers statewide.


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.