The Illinois Lottery was established in 1974 to help generate funds for good causes in the state such as education. It offers a wide range of draw games and instant options, and pays out billions of dollars in prize money every year. Get more information about different topics by choosing from the sections below.

How to Claim

Think you've won a Illinois Lottery Prize? Congratulations! Find out everything you need to know about how to claim your winnings, whether you played in-store or online.

Claim My Prize

Unclaimed Jackpot Prizes

Lottery prizes in Illinois must be claimed within one year of the draw date. Take a look at all the major prizes that are currently still to be paid out.

Unclaimed Prizes

Frequently Asked Questions

Browse through these frequently asked questions about the Illinois Lottery to get the answers you are looking for. The FAQs cover various aspects of playing in Illinois.


Quick Pick

A Quick Pick is a random selection of numbers. Find out more about how they work, and generate your own lines for Lotto, Powerball and Mega Millions.

Quick Pick

Biggest Winners

Learn more about the biggest winners to come from the Prairie State, including the Des Plaines pair who landed a Mega Millions jackpot worth $1.3 billion.


Remaining Scratch Off Prizes

Illinois Lottery scratch off tickets give you the opportunity to win prizes instantly without having to wait for a draw to take place. Discover more about these games.

Scratch Off Tickets

Lottery Pools

Playing in a lottery pool is a great way to take part with friends and boost your chances of winning. Learn more about group play and previous pool winners.

Group Play

Cash vs Annuity

If you win a Mega Millions, Powerball or Lotto jackpot, you can choose to take it as a lump sum amount or annuity payments. Find out more about how each option works.

Cash vs Annuity

Lottery Taxes

Lottery prizes in Illinois are subject to federal and state taxes. Use the tax calculator on this page to find out exactly how much will be deducted.

Tax Calculator

Where Does The Money Go?

The money raised from ticket sales in Illinois is split several ways. Find out exactly how it is distributed, and about the good causes that benefit.

Where The Money Goes

Illinois Lottery App

The app delivers the latest winning numbers to your phone straight after every draw. Find out how to download to your device.