General information about Illinois Lottery Lucky Day
This is the US based lottery game that was launched in June, 2013, or 5 years, 10 months and 21 days ago. IL Lucky Day Lotto is currently available only in Illinois. Previously, the lottery was known as Cash 5 (since it was launched on June 1, 1988), a bit later – as Little Lotto (May 15, 1989), while its current name appeared only in 2013. The game-play format used to be different. At the time when the lottery was known as Cash 5, this was a 5 / 35 game drawn on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The current format, in turn, was introduced in 2013. 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/home.html. Illinois Lucky Day 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: [email protected]
- Player Hotline: 1-800-252-1775
- Administrative Office: 101 West Jefferson Street, Springfield, IL
Keep in mind that players must be 18 or over to play.
Check Illinois Lucky Day Lotto results
Illinois Lucky Day Lotto results are aired right after the drawings that take place in the headquarters of Northstar Lottery Group in Springfield. At the moment, draws are held 14 times a week. To be more precise, they are held on each day of the week, at 12:40 p.m. and 9:22 p.m.. The numbers are drawn using the Computer Random Number Generator. In case you were curious, the first ever draw was held on June 2, 2013, or 5 years, 10 months and 21 days ago.
How it works: picking up Illinois Lucky Day Lotto numbers
The currently applied format is as follows: 5 / 45. As you can see, players are to choose five main Illinois Lucky Day Lotto numbers from the range between 1 and 45 Illinois Lucky Day Lotto numbers. There are neither additional, nor bonus numbers, but players may still choose the EZMatch option.
Illinois Lottery Lucky Day winning odds & prize categories
The lottery currently offers four prize categories. A great news is that in case no winner is found, the IL Lucky Day Lotto top prize rolls over to the next draw. For now, it accounts for $100,000. This is the minimum amount, while the biggest IL Lucky Day Lotto jackpot ever has reached $1.8 Million. It was set on December 20, 2016, or 2 years, 4 months and 3 days ago. Just for your interest, the winning numbers were 11, 17, 23, 34, and 43. As shown by official estimates, the odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,221,759. In particular, you will have to correctly guess all the five Illinois Lucky Day Lotto numbers. For more information, please look at the table below:
The overall winning chances, in turn, are 1 in 11.
Illinois Lottery Lucky Day 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 EZMatch. With EZMatch (for an additional $1 per game), five additional numbers are randomly assigned. If any of the EZMatch numbers match any of the regular field numbers chosen by the player, there is an instant payout of an amount varying from $2 to $5,000. No add-on games are provided, however.
Hot and cold Illinois Lucky Day Lotto numbers
The lottery’s most often drawn numbers are 34, 12, 43, 20, 22 (Midday) and 20, 41, 07, 09, 11 (Evening). The cold, or the least frequent numbers are 30, 11, 17, 35, 09 (Midday) and 19, 26, 30, 43,and 44 (Evening).
Payouts of Illinois Lottery Lucky Day prizes
Keep in mind that IL Lucky Day Lotto jackpot can only be paid out as a lump sum. In order to receive it, you will have to call the Illinois Lottery Claims Department and follow their instructions. To claim the prize over $600, players will have to fill out a claim form available at any lottery retailer. Winning tickets that are less than $600 can usually be cashed at most local lottery retailers. Unfortunately, IL Lucky Day Lotto winnings are subject to taxation: for the US citizens, these are 25% in Federal tax from prize amounts over $5,000, as well as 4.95% in state tax from 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 Illinois Lucky Day Lotto results.