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Illinois Lottery Celebrates First Fast Play Friday

October 2, 2020

Five Days of New Games Bring Big Wins Across the State

CHICAGO – This week, the Illinois Lottery launched Fast Play, its first new game in almost eight years and the first game of its kind to be sold in Illinois. In the first five days of Fast Play, players across the state won more than $518,000.

The first Fast Play top prize in Illinois was a $10,000 Hot Dice ticket purchased on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at BP Sterling, 2218 E. Lincolnway. "On Wednesday morning the customer came in and bought a $5 ticket," said Gary Patel, the BP retailer who sold the winning ticket. "It was his first time playing and when he realized he won he was so happy, so happy that he was laughing!"

The largest win this week was a $36,000 Blackjack jackpot won at 7-Eleven in Chicago at 6801 N. Western Ave. 

Another early Fast Play winner, Bogdan Aniolowski, collected his prize from the Des Plaines prize claim center this week after winning $1,000 while playing Piggy Bank Bucks.

“I was so surprised,” said Aniolowski, a Chicagoan who has been playing the Illinois Lottery for 10 years. Although instant tickets are his usual preference, Aniolowski decided to grab a Fast Play ticket as well and found himself celebrating his win in-store with the retailer. He had a simple mantra to share with fellow players, ”Keep playing and have fun.”  

Fast Play is a quick and easy draw game that gives players a chance to win prizes at the point of purchase without picking numbers, completing play slips, scratching or waiting for draw results. 

Each Fast Play ticket is printed at the time of purchase. After the tickets are selected and printed, players can see right away if they’ve won based on each game’s unique symbols and characters. Players can confirm if their ticket is a winner by using the ticket scanner in stores or on the Lottery’s mobile app. 

The Illinois Lottery congratulates all of this week’s winners! 

Illinois residents 18 years and older can purchase tickets for all Illinois Lottery jackpot games on the Illinois Lottery’s mobile app or the Illinois Lottery website.


About the Illinois Lottery:

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $21 billion (since 1985) 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 homelessness prevention, Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Special Olympics, police memorials and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for all draw-based Illinois Lottery games at Players must be at least 18 years old.