Skip to main content



#DoingGood Every Time You Play the Illinois Lottery

Playing the Illinois Lottery gives you a chance to dream big while supporting communities across Illinois. Players like you raise an average of $14 million every week to fund public schools and other good causes.

Since 2006, the Illinois Lottery has raised more than $65 million for special causes throughout the state, such as Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, Multiple Sclerosis research, Special Olympics, police memorials, and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. So, when Illinois Lottery players play, the whole state wins.

See these featured stories to find out how the Illinois Lottery, our players, and our partners are #DoingGood.


Casey’s General Store Donates Winning Lottery Ticket Commission to ‘Shop with a Cop’ In Paris, IL

Casey’s General Store in Paris, Illinois, donated its commission from the sale of a $400,000 winning Lottery ticket back to its community. Part of its donation helped sponsor the “Shop With A Cop” program run by the Paris Police Department. This program helped Edgar County students purchase warm winter weather gear.

Watch and see how this Illinois Lottery win was a win for the Edgar County community.


What Does it Mean to Be a Winner?

At the Illinois Lottery, we believe Illinois is full of winners. And not just Lottery winners! We define a winner as a person who, day-in-and-day-out, shows up for their communities, their loved ones, their friends and their families. A winner acts. A winner participates. A winner leans into life.

Listen to how veterans, Lottery players, teachers, police officers and even a favorite local football legend (remember “The Superbowl Shuffle”?) defines what it means to be a winner.

Veterans Serving Veterans Through the Illinois Lottery 

Did you know every Lottery ticket sold at O’Hare International Airport helps disabled veterans? When you buy a ticket at O’Hare, you’re supporting the Paralyzed Veterans of America Vaughan Chapter to employ and empower disabled veterans and civilians.

Listen to their stories to learn how they’re finding alternative ways to serve the disabled veteran and civilian communities.


Two-Time Cancer Survivor Shares Her Story at Illinois Lottery National Mammography Day Event 

Arlene, a two-time cancer survivor, shares her story about how she’s living her best life after fighting breast cancer every day during her treatment. She was a volunteer at the “Pink Pop-Up” event hosted by the Illinois Lottery on National Mammography Day in 2019. More than 1,000 women and men took the pledge to get a mammogram and received a free Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure Lottery ticket.

Players Like You Raised More Than $65 Million for Special Causes in Illinois

Learn more about our Specialty Tickets and how your play can make a difference:

Special Olympics 

Over $5.8 million contributed to supporting Special Olympics athletes in Illinois.

Learn More

Multiple Sclerosis

Over $10.5 million contributed to fight Multiple Sclerosis in Illinois.

Learn More


Over $8.6 million contributed to fight HIV/AIDS in Illinois.

Learn More

Support Our Veterans

Over $17.6 million contributed to supporting Veterans organizations in Illinois.

Learn More

Breast Cancer

Over $13.5 million contributed to breast cancer awareness, education, and research.

Learn More

Police Memorials

100% of profits go toward police memorials, helping families of the fallen and other support.

Learn More

Homelessness Prevention

Over $1.1 million raised so far.

Learn More

STEAM Education

100% of profits go toward STEAM programs in Illinois.

Learn More

Alzheimer's Support

100% of profits go toward Alzheimer’s care, support, education, and awareness programs in Illinois.

Learn More