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The Illinois Lottery Is Celebrating Lottery Week

July 18th, 2022

Over $23 Billion in Lottery Funding Returned To Education

CHICAGO, July 18, 2022 – This week is Lottery Week, which is a celebration of the role lotteries play in generating essential funding for their communities.

Lottery Week runs from July 17th to 23rd and is a celebration of lotteries across the United States and Canada, in acknowledgment of their collective contributions to the communities they serve.

“The Illinois Lottery has been part of local communities across the State of Illinois for almost 50 years with the primary purpose of generating funding to support K-12 education across the State,” said Harold Mays, Lottery Director.

“When people play the Lottery, it’s a win for our state. Since 1985, Lottery players have helped generate more than $23 billion in essential revenue for the Common School Fund, which goes to support thousands of schools across the state.”

“That’s a big win for the two million public school students and their families. About a quarter of every dollar spent on the Lottery goes to schools and other good causes,” added Mays.

The Illinois Lottery is also a proud supporter of a number of good causes, including Special Olympics, breast cancer, veterans, homelessness prevention, HIV/AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimers, and police memorials.

“Over the years, Illinois Lottery players have helped generate over $70 million in total funding for these worthy local causes,” said Mays.

During Lottery Week - and during every week of the year - the Illinois Lottery wants to acknowledge its players who help make this all possible.

“Over two-thirds of Illinois residents play the Illinois Lottery. Every one of those players plays an important role in supporting our schools and our communities - and we want to say thank you,” said Mays.

The Illinois Lottery was founded in 1974 and since that time has grown into over 7,100 retail locations across the State and offers online play via the Illinois Lottery website and app.

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About the Illinois Lottery:

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $22 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.