The Illinois Lottery made its debut in 1974, introducing its first instant-win games in 1975.
In 1985, a significant development occurred when the Illinois Lottery began directing a portion of its ticket sales profits toward supporting public schools. In 2012, Illinois became a trailblazer by becoming the first state to offer residents the option to purchase lottery tickets online.
Today, the Illinois Lottery continues to contribute funds not only to education but also to infrastructure and various charitable causes. The state also offers dedicated instant-win games aimed at raising funds for veterans, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, as well as research efforts in cancer and multiple sclerosis.
Please note that to play online, you must be a resident of Illinois.
Is it possible to keep my identity confidential if I win a lottery prize?
Do I have to pay taxes on Illinois Lottery prizes?
What is the minimum age to participate in the Illinois Lottery?
Is it possible to acquire lottery tickets ahead of time?
Where are the funds generated by the Illinois Lottery allocated?
Is it possible to purchase lottery tickets through mail or phone?
Which Illinois Lottery games are available for online play?
What is the deadline for claiming my winnings?
What should I do if my ticket is lost or damaged?