Illinois Lottery Updates Lotto Beginning July 14

Bigger jackpots, more ways to win and a new drawing day

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

Chicago, IL—July 11, 2013 — With multistate lottery games like Powerball and Mega Millions offering jackpots in excess of $100 million every other month, the Illinois Lottery has revamped one of its original games, Lotto, in order to give lottery players a chance at potentially bigger jackpots and better overall odds.

Starting Sunday, July 14, 2013, Lotto will cost $1 for each game-set, enabling larger jackpots and the drawings will take place on Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings — the Wednesday draw date now moves to Thursday. Additionally, Lotto’s prize table will award new prizes and larger average prizes per category and will offer an additional match-2 prize level. Click here for FAQs and game-play information.

Lotto has evolved in recent years, as have other Lottery draw-based games. In October 2012, the popular Extra Shot feature, which offers players six more ways to win for just $1 more, was introduced and remains an optional purchase on every Lotto ticket.

The game-play for Lotto will not change. Players still choose six numbers from 1 — 52 from a new easy-to-fill-out play slip (or opt for computer-selected quick pick numbers). The winning numbers will be displayed on the Illinois Lottery website ( and the drawings will continue to take place at 9:22 p.m. CDT and will be broadcast live on WGN TV. Overall odds of winning a Lotto prize are now 1-in-7.36 for base Lotto (compared with the previous 1-in-32) and 1-in-5.68 (previously 1-in-9) for Lotto with Extra Shot.

Lotto is one of the Lottery's first multimillion-dollar draw games and was introduced in February 1983. After 3,008 draws and more than $9 billion in sales, Lotto has created more Lottery millionaires than all other Illinois Lottery games combined.


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.