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Illinois Lottery Unveils Its First Top Prize $10 Million Instant Ticket Game Winner

May 17th, 2024

Photo caption: Illinois’ newest multi-millionaire just won the first top prize of $10 million on the Illinois Lottery’s $50 scratch-off ticket.

CHICAGO, May 17, 2024 – An Illinois Lottery player is celebrating big time after hitting the big one – a whopping $10 million jackpot!

The lucky player is the first to win a $10 million top prize on the Illinois Lottery’s first-ever $50 scratch-off ticket, $10 Million, which launched in December 2023.

“Something about the $10 Million game was sticking out to me,” explained the lucky winner, who has requested to stay anonymous. “I wasn’t in a hurry to scratch it off, I waited until I got home. You could say, ‘I never in “10 million” years thought I’d win the top prize!’,” they laughed.

The $10 million winning scratch-off ticket was purchased at Casey’s convenience store, located at 3499 Fosterburg Road in Alton, IL, a city on the Mississippi River about 18 miles north of St. Louis.

When asked what they plan to do with their newfound fortune, the newly-minted millionaire said, “The first thing I plan to do is start a college fund for my daughter. We also love going to car shows, so we’re thinking about buying a bigger house with more garage space to indulge in our favorite hobby – buying vintage cars.”

The winner also had some future aspirations, “Ultimately, I want to save the majority of this prize money and invest it. The most important thing is to enjoy life with our family, and help provide for our kids and hopefully later in life, our future grandkids.”

This is also a big win for Casey’s in Alton, as the store will receive a selling bonus of one percent of the prize amount, or $100,000.

The game has three $10 million top prizes, which means there are still two other top prizes available. In addition, the $10 Million game has 15 prizes of $1 million and the best odds to win $500 on any scratch-off ticket currently available in Illinois. 

Already this year, more than 24.59 million Illinois Lottery Instant Tickets have been sold, netting players over $635 million in prizes.

The Illinois Lottery currently offers a range of Instant Ticket games priced from $1 to $50, available at approximately 7,000 retail locations across Illinois.

Instant Tickets b-roll available for download here.

The Illinois Lottery reminds players to play for fun, not funds. Be Smart, Play Smart®. Must be 18 or older to play. Game odds available at

About the Illinois Lottery

The Illinois Lottery, founded in 1974, has contributed over $24 billion to the State’s Common School Fund in support of K-12 public education in Illinois since 1985. The Common School Fund is the Illinois Lottery’s primary benefactor, receiving nearly 99% of Illinois Lottery proceeds. The Illinois Lottery also supports various specialty causes as described in the Illinois Lottery Law (20 ILCS 1605/21.4). For more information about the Illinois Lottery and the causes we support, please visit