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Winning numbers are selected randomly using an online digital draw system stored securely in Springfield. This system is utilized for all midday and evening in-state draw games including Lotto, Lucky Day Lotto and Pick 3 and Pick 4.
Illinois Lotto requires players to select six numbers between 1-50 for $1 per play and use its Extra Shot feature to multiply non-jackpot prizes up to 25 times. Draws take place every Monday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9:22 pm CT with tickets available for sale at 7,000 retail locations in Illinois.
The Illinois Lottery is a state-run lottery which uses its proceeds to fund public education and capital projects across Illinois. Players aged 18 or above may purchase tickets and redeem winnings. The lottery requires players to sign their tickets in order to verify ownership and claim any prizes that might come their way. Winners have up to one year from the date of drawing to claim their winnings; federal and state taxes must also be paid upon any winnings received. The lottery provides detailed tax information in its tax information section. Furthermore, winners are advised to seek assistance from a financial planner or tax expert when filing taxes. Illinois state law mandates that all jackpot winners, as well as those who win Powerball or Lotto prizes, will have their name, home city and amount won made public. A winner may choose to keep their name confidential by using the lottery’s online claim form and request to receive their winnings as one lump sum instead of annual payments.