General information about IL Lotto
This is the US based lottery game that was launched in May, 1984, or 34 years, 2 months and 28 days ago. Lotto IL is currently available only in Illinois. This is a widely popular lottery, but it has still always been known as Lotto IL. The game-play format used to be different: players were to choose 6 numbers from the range between 1 and 40. On May 19, 1984, the 6 / 44 format was introduced. The current format appeared comparatively recently. The lottery is operated by Northstar Lottery Group. In case you want to know more about Northstar Lottery Group, here is their official website: http://www.illinoislottery.com/en-us/Lotto.html. USA Illinois Lotto results may be found there as well, by the way. As for their support service, Northstar Lottery Group can be reached via the following contact details:
- Email: LotteryInfo@NorthstarLottery.net
- Player Hotline: 1-800-252-1775
Keep in mind that players must be 18 or over to play.
Check USA Illinois Lotto results
USA Illinois Lotto results are aired right after the drawings that take place in the headquarters of Northstar Lottery Group in Chicago. At the moment, draws are held three times a week. To be more precise, they are held on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, at 9.22 p.m. local time. The numbers are drawn using random number generator. In case you were curious, the first ever draw was held on May 19, 1984, or 34 years, 2 months and 28 days ago. At first, this was a Saturday-only game, by the way.
How it works: picking up USA Illinois Lotto numbers
The currently applied format is as follows: 6 + 1 / 52. As you can see, players are to choose six main USA Illinois Lotto numbers from the range between 1 and 52 USA Illinois Lotto numbers. Also, according to IL Lotto rules, one bonus number is to be additionally picked up from the range of 1 - 46. As you might know, the bonus number is called Extra Shot Number. This is actually a special feature of the lottery. It is computer-generated and is drawn separately from the main numbers. A great thing is that it is possible to win if to match the Extra Shot Number alone, but not necessarily in combination with the main numbers. Of course, this significantly increases the chances of winning non-jackpot prizes.
IL Lotto winning odds & prize categories
The lottery currently offers five prize categories. If to count prize categories with the Extra Shot Number, there are six of them. A great news is that in case no winner is found, the Lotto IL top prize rolls over to the next draw. For now, it accounts for $2,000,000. This is the minimum amount, while the biggest Lotto IL jackpot ever has reached $37.5 million. It was set on April 27, 2005, or 13 years, 3 months and 19 days ago. Just for your interest, the winning numbers were 04, 08, 33, 45, 46, and 48. As shown by official estimates, the odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 20,358,520. In particular, you will have to correctly guess all the six main USA Illinois Lotto numbers. For more information, please look at the table below:
Matched numbers (with Extra Shot)
Odds (with ES)
1 : 20,358,520
5 + ES
1 : 1,844,069
1 : 73,763
4 + ES
1 : 32,783
1 : 1,311
3 + ES
1 : 1,676
1 : 67
2 + ES
1 : 208
1 : 83
1 + ES
1 : 62
1 : 54
The overall winning chances, in turn, are 1 in 7,36. Pay attention that the amount of prizes may vary depending on sales prior to every particular draw.
IL Lotto prices
The minimum cost of playing is $1. An important thing to mention is that players have an opportunity to increase their winning odds using the lottery’s multiplier feature, namely Extra Shot Number. As you can see in the table, this is a chance to multiply prizes by up to 25 times! No add-on games are provided, however.
Hot and cold USA Illinois Lotto numbers
The lottery’s most often drawn numbers are 20, 03, 49, 50, 11, and 12. The cold, or the least frequent numbers are 02, 48, 06, 09, 10, and 15.
Payouts of IL Lotto prizes
In case you happen to win Lotto IL jackpot, be ready to decide between the lump sum and annual payments. Remember, however, that you only have 60 days to do this. As for prizes of other categories, winnings of $600 or less are automatically deposited into the player’s account. Besides, it is possible to collect the prize from local lottery retailers. For prizes above this amount, however, you will have to visit one of the prize centers. Unfortunately, Lotto IL winnings are subject to taxation: for the US citizens, this is 25% in Federal tax (for prizes over $5,000) and 4.95% Illinois state tax (for prizes of $1,000 or more). One more thing to take into account is that all the prizes are to be claimed within one year from the day of the draw or otherwise the winning ticket expires, regardless of USA Illinois Lotto results.