Lottery Nutcrackers Stroll Down Michigan Avenue Spreading Holiday Cheer

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CHICAGO, IL— December 11, 2013 — The Illinois Lottery’s nutcracker-themed Holiday Cash instant game came to life today, as several life-sized nutcrackers took to Michigan Avenue spreading holiday cheer. The iconic nutcrackers entertained and interacted with lunchtime crowds, stopping at Tribune Tower, the Shops at North Bridge, the corner of North Michigan Avenue and East Huron Street, Chicago’s Historic Water Tower and Water Tower Place. Consumers who took a photo with one of the nutcrackers and posted it to their social media pages received a free Holiday Cash instant ticket – giving them a chance to win up to $200.

Holiday Cash is one of five holiday-themed instant games currently offered by the Illinois Lottery. It joins Instant Cheer, Candy Cane Crossword, Reindeer Riches and Merry Millionaire. These games give players a taste of the holidays and a chance to win prizes ranging from $200 to $2 million.

With their varied price points – ranging from $1 to $20 – and potential top prizes, Lottery holiday instant games are popular with a wide range of holiday gift-givers. Lottery retailers offer festive, free envelopes that make Lottery gift giving for adults even more seamless. Although holiday instant games are perennial favorites for many adults, the Lottery reminds purchasers to double-check the age of anyone receiving Lottery tickets as a gift to ensure recipients are at least 18 years old.

Players can purchase the holiday instant tickets at more than 8,200 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.