General Questions About the Illinois Lottery
Who can play the Illinois Lottery?
In order to purchase a lottery ticket from a retailer, you must be 18 years of age or older. To purchase a lottery ticket online, you must be:
- 18 years of age or older;
- A resident of Illinois;
- Physically located in Illinois at the time of purchase; and
- Have a registered Illinois Lottery account.
The following groups are ineligible to play a lottery game at a retail location or online:
- Members of the Lottery Board or any officer or other person employed by the Lottery Board or by the State of Illinois;
- Any subcontractor, or manager, director, office, partner, employee or agent of said subcontractor, that is directly or indirectly involved in the management or operations of the Lottery;
- All Camelot Illinois employees;
- Any auditor or other person directly involved in the oversight of any drawing;
- Any spouse, child, sibling, or parent residing as a member of the same household in the principal place of abode of any persons identified above;
- Any person who is registered at the time of purchase with the voluntary Self-Exclusion Database; and
- Any other person prohibited by applicable State law or administrative rule.
Can I buy tickets in advance at a retail location?
Yes, Powerball, Lotto and Mega Millions tickets can be purchased in advance for up to 25 consecutive drawings by requesting the number of drawings from an Illinois Lottery retailer.
Lucky Day Lotto tickets may be purchased for up to 25 consecutive midday, evening or both midday and evening drawings. Pick 3 or Pick 4 tickets can be purchased for up to seven days ahead of time from an Illinois Lottery retailer.
What is a Quick Pick?
A Quick Pick is a set of randomly selected lottery numbers that are generated by the Lottery terminal, Illinois Lottery website, or the Illinois Lottery app.
Which other states participate in Powerball and Mega Millions?
Both Powerball and Mega Millions are sold in the following U.S. jurisdictions: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
What is Megaplier?
Megaplier is an add-on to the Mega Millions game. For an additional $1, you can multiply your non-jackpot winnings by two, three, four, or five times. For example, if you add the Megaplier and match five white balls and the multiplier is five, the prize is $5 million. If Megaplier is added, it applies to all games played on the ticket; players cannot apply Megaplier to select game panels on a ticket.
Learn more about Megaplier on our How to Play Mega Millions page.
What is Power Play®?
Power Play® is an add-on to the Powerball game. For an additional $1, you can multiply your non-jackpot winnings by two, three, four, five, or ten times. For example, if you add Power Play to your game and you win the Match 5 prize without Powerball, your prize amount will double to $2,000,000. If Power Play is added, it applies to all games played on the ticket; players cannot apply the option to select game panels on a ticket.
Learn more about Power Play on our How to Play Powerball page.
What is Extra Shot™?
Extra Shot™ is an add-on to the Lotto game. For an additional $1 per game played, you may purchase a computer-generated Extra Shot number to increase your chances of winning non-jackpot Lotto prizes. If Extra Shot is added, it applies to all lines played on the ticket. The Extra Shot number is drawn separately from the Lotto numbers. If you match the Extra Shot number, you can multiply your non-jackpot winnings by 25 times.
Learn more about Extra Shot on our How to Play Lotto page.
Where can I find the winning numbers?
You can find the current winning numbers on our results page or in the app. You can also retrieve winning numbers for the previous five years by filtering the date.
Why did you change the Unclaimed Instant Ticket Prizes List?
We have made improvements to the Unclaimed Instant Ticket Prizes list by increasing the frequency of list posting and adding additional information to it. The list is now updated every few minutes and lists unclaimed prizes at ALL prize levels.
How can I see the Unclaimed Instant Ticket Prizes list on my phone?
Once you load the Illinois Lottery website on your mobile phone, tap the top left menu icon. Once the menu opens, tap the About the games section and then tap Unclaimed Instant Ticket Prizes.
Where do Lottery profits go?
By law, profits from all Illinois Lottery games support public education, capital projects and other special causes. Since its inception, the Illinois Lottery has contributed more than $20 billion in revenue to the state of Illinois.
Who determines which school districts receive Illinois Lottery profits?
The Illinois General Assembly determines how money in the Common School Fund is distributed. Although the Department of the Lottery contributes to these funds, it does not decide how that revenue is allocated.
What are the rules for Illinois Lottery draw games?
Rules for each Illinois Lottery draw game can be found in each game’s How to Play section. Simply follow the instructions below to find them.
Website: Head to the Games section and select your game. Next, select How to Play. Both online and retail rules are included.
Illinois Lottery app: Select your game in the Play section and tap the navigation icon in the top right corner. Then tap on How to Play.