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  1. With 19 live casinos and thousands of regular gamblers, Illinois is sometimes referred to as the gambling capital of the midwest. This makes sense- after all, the state is home to one of the most heavily populated cities in the nation and is filled with nightlife and adrenaline-seeking spirit. If you're interested in trying your luck with Illinois Lottery games, you're in luck- you have six awesome options to choose from! Here, we're going to discuss how the Illinois Lottery works and how to play at each of the most popular games. Read on if you want a fun new way to gamble in the Land of Lincoln! How Does the Illinois Lottery Work? Asking how the Illinois Lottery works is like asking what food tastes like- the answer varies a lot depending on which kind we're talking about. Generally, there are six different Illinois Lotto games, which we'll discuss in detail below. For all these games, you choose the numbers that you want to play, have them printed on a ticket, and wait excitedly for your numbers to be drawn. In order to play the Illinois Lottery, you must: Be 18 years of age or over Be physically located in Illinois when you purchase a ticket Have a registered Illinois Lottery account NOT be a member of the Lottery control board (or any worker contracted to them) NOT work with the Lottery's management or direction in any way NOT be a member of the household of anyone working with the Lottery. If you meet these qualifications, then you can play! Of course, when you play the lottery, you're playing to win. But you may be interested to know that even when you don't, your money goes to a good cause. The Illinois Lottery donates all of its profits to support public education and other special causes. This is a legal requirement that has raised over $20 billion for these public services in IL! What's the Latest in the Illinois Lottery? The Illinois Lottery started in 1974 on July 1. During its first years, drawings only took place weekly. Now, it's expanded to have drawings multiple times a day! While people win small payouts on a daily basis, the last person to win an enormous payout bought their ticket at a convenience store in Vernon Hills. They played the Lotto game and won $16 million on December 30th, 2019. All six numbers on her ticket matched with the numbers that were drawn, giving her a jackpot. You could be next! A Breakdown of Illinois Lottery Games Generally, there are six games that you can choose from when playing the Illinois Lottery, and each one has different rules, regulations, and payouts. Read on for an in-depth guide on how to play these Illinois Lottery Games so that you can decide which one is for you! Mega Millions Each Mega Millions game that you play costs $2, but that's a pretty great price considering that the jackpot is 200 million dollars. When you buy a Mega Millions card, you'll need to pick five numbers between 1-70. If you just want to randomize the numbers, you can also do this by selecting the 'Quick Pick' option on any online card or telling the person you're buying the ticket from to randomize your numbers. In addition to these five numbers, you'll also need to pick a Mega Ball between 1-25. If you match all of the six numbers on your ticket, that's when you win a jackpot. However, betting on a Mega Ball also increases your chances of winning because you can get some money if it matches the drawn Mega Ball (and you have at least one other matching number.) Then, select the option to add a Megaplier to your card for an extra dollar to multiply your non-jackpot winnings. Powerball If you want to aim for the $51 million Powerball jackpot, awesome! It'll cost you $2 to buy a ticket. You'll get to pick five numbers between 1 and 69 that you want to bet on. After that, you can add a Powerball to your ticket. This is simply one number between 1 and 26 that you want to bet on for the jackpot. This is similar to a Mega Ball- it's just a different lottery and the numbers that you have to choose from are a bit different. Once that's done, you're going to need to add Power Play to your ticket. Without it, you won't be able to multiply non-jackpot winning prizes. This is definitely something that you don't want to miss out on since you can multiply your winnings by ten! It costs you an additional dollar, but it's totally worth it. Lotto With Lotto, each game played only costs $1. You'll get the opportunity to choose 6 numbers between 1 and 52. As with all the other games on this list, choosing 'Quick Pick' is an option here if you want to leave the selection of numbers up to random chance. After that, you'll want to add an extra shot to your ticket. This add-on feature allows you to get an extra number added randomly onto your ticket for only an extra $1. This number will be between 1-25 and will be printed on your ticket after purchase. Jackpots for this game start at $2 million and drawings happen 3 times a week rather than only 2. These are likely a few factors in making it such a popular option for Illinois Lottery players! The biggest jackpot is at around $10.5 million right now, so this is definitely a game to keep an eye out for! Additionally, Lotto is the game that the last big winner won $16 million dollars at just a few months ago, so you can buy a ticket and hope to get in on that lucky streak. Lucky Day Lotto The Lucky Day Lotto is the game that has the highest odds of winning (besides Pick 3 or 4), so it's perfect for new players. The $150,000 jackpot is nothing to sneeze at, either, despite the fact that it's a bit lower than some other Illinois Lotto jackpots. In any case, you're going to pick five numbers between 1 and 45. After that, it's pretty simple! All you need to do is select the time that you want to draw for your ticket. The Lucky Day Lotto is a twice-a-day phenomenon, so you can pick whichever time you feel the luckiest at. Pick 3/Pick 4 Lotto The Pick 3 Lotto is a game that's only available in Illinois, so you can just consider it a perk of living among the cornfields! It offers two daily draws and a lot of opportunities to win. Before selecting any numbers, you'll need to choose a type of play: Box (match all numbers in the exact order) Combo (match all numbers in any order) Straight (play all straight combinations of all numbers AND match in any order) Straight/Box (match all numbers in either exact OR any order) This determines the way that you'll need to match the numbers up in order to win. Then, you get to choose three numbers between 0 and 9, which are the numbers that you're betting on. After that, you'll place your bet. Unlike other Illinois Lottery games, you have a choice on how much you want to purchase a ticket for. For just 50 cents, you can win up to $250. If you want to be a bit more daring, you can bet $1 for a chance at $500 in winnings! For both the Pick 3 Lotto and the Pick 4 one (that we'll talk about in a second,) there's something called Plus Fireball. Choosing this option gives you a higher chance of winning because you'll have an extra number to draw. As for price, it just doubles the wager amount for the game that you're playing, so you still won't be spending a lot on a ticket. The Pick 4 Lotto is pretty much exactly the same as Pick 3, but you get to pick an additional number. How to Get Tickets The time that ticket sales begin and end depends entirely on which one of the Illinois Lottery games you choose: Mega Millions games are on Tuesday and Friday. Ticket sales end at 9:45 PM, drawings are at 10 PM. Powerball games are on Wednesday and Saturday. Ticket sales stop at 9 PM and drawings are ar 9:59 PM. Lotto games are on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, Ticket sales stop at 8:30 PM and drawings are at 9:38 PM. Lucky Day Lotto, Pick 3, and Pick 4 games all take place twice daily. For all ticket types, the ticket sales stop at 12:35 PM and 9:15 PM. The drawings then take place a 12:40 PM and 9:22 PM, respectively. There are a few ways that you can get tickets for the Illinois Lottery. The first is to head to your local drugstore and ask the clerk for the ticket that you want. The other one is to simply head to the Illinois Lottery website, select the game that you want to play, and purchase a ticket from home. If you're ordering the ticket online, you can choose to select multiple drawings on the website before paying. This is the equivalent of buying multiple tickets at the store. This option exists for all Illinois Lottery tickets, so you don't need to worry about having to leave the comfort of your home to play the lotto. What's the Payout Like? How you receive a payout for a winning lottery ticket depends on the amount of money that you won. For prizes that are under $600, the money that you won will all come to you within a few days. If you played a ticket that you bought online, the cash will be deposited into your account directly. If you bought a ticket at a third-party retailer (gas station, 7-11, etc.) then you can just take the ticket back to the store and cash it. If you won a prize that falls between $600 and $1 million, you'll need to do one of two things. The first option is to fill out a claim form and questionnaire and mail it with your signed winning ticket to the Central Lottery Office in Springfield. The alternative is to visit a Lottery Claims Center and get any prizes that are $25,000 or under right away. If the prize is over this limit but is still less than $1 million, this Claims Center will take your claim and ticket to Springfield's Central Lottery Office. If your winnings are over $1 million, the way that you'll receive payout depends on your situation. Contact- you guessed it!- the Central Lottery Office in Springfield and ask them how to redeem your prize. You may have the option to receive the payout in monthly or yearly intervals rather than in a bulk amount if you prefer to do that! As you may have already been aware, you will be taxed on your lottery winnings. This tax can be anywhere between 24% and 37% of your winnings. Make sure that you plan ahead and hold onto that money so that you don't encounter a big problem come tax season. Test Your Luck Today While there are a lot of aspects that go into playing the Illinois Lottery, it's an incredibly fun and exciting way to test your luck and get the adrenaline pumping. Now that you know all about the main six Illinois Lottery games and how to win at them, it's time to flex your gambling skills in online casinos while you wait for your numbers to be drawn. Check out the 'casinos' tab on our homepage to see some of the places that you can place bets from the comfort of your own home.
  2. In January of 2016, the biggest lottery jackpot ever was won. Those three Powerball winners received a combined $1.586 billion. And in its nearly 50-year history, the Massachusetts lottery has given out over $88 billion in prizes. Playing the lotto is one of the most exciting and lucrative ways to get rich quick. If you're interested in trying your hand at the Massachusetts lottery, it's important that you first know exactly how to play. While some people have figured out how to "beat" the Massachusetts lottery system by buying enough tickets, most of us can't afford to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to get those favorable odds. For the rest of us, we just have to know the right way to play so that we can give ourselves the best chances at winning. So continue reading and we'll walk you through the Mega Millions, Lucky for Life, and Powerball rules. Powerball Powerball is an American lottery game that's played in the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and 45 US states. The game is managed by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). MUSL is a nonprofit group that was created by an agreement with multiple US lotteries. The minimum jackpot you can expect to win from Powerball is $40 million. You can choose to have that money disbursed to you in thirty graduated installments or opt to receive a lump sum payment instead. The lump sum payment will be worth less than the thirty payments. There are two reasons for this. First, the lump sum you receive will be less valuable over time due to inflation. And second, you'll be taxed at a higher rate for the one large payment of cash instead of thirty smaller payment. The drawings for the game are held every Saturday and Wednesday evening at 10:59 pm Eastern Time. Powerball has used a 1/26 (Powerballs) + 5/69 (white balls) matrix from which the winning numbers are chosen, since October of 2015. This means that each time you play, your odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 out of 292,201,338. To play Powerball, you pay $2 or $3 with the Power Play option. 10:00 pm Eastern Time is the official cutoff time for ticket sales. The drawings for Powerball are usually held in Tallahassee, FL at the Florida Lottery's studio. Powerball produced the largest lottery jackpot ever on January 13, 2016. The total jackpot was $1.586 billion jackpot and it was split by three tickets that were sold in Melbourne Beach, Florida, in Munford, Tennessee, and in Chino Hills, California. Powerball Rules The lowest you can bet in Powerball is $2. For each Powerball game, players choose five numbers from a set of 69 white balls and then one number from 26 red Powerballs. The red ball number is allowed to be the same as one of the white ball numbers. The drawing order for the five white balls doesn't matter. All of the tickets show the white ball numbers from lowest to highest. Players aren't allowed to use the drawn Powerball to match two of their white numbers or vice versa. Players can let the machine randomly choose the numbers (referred to as "easy pick" or "quick pick") or they can select the numbers themselves. For each Powerball drawing, the winning numbers are chosen by using two ball machines. One of the machines contains the red Powerballs and the other machine contains the white balls. From the first machine, five white balls are drawn. Then, a red ball is drawn from the second machine. If you match the red Powerball or at least three white balls, then you have a winning card. Power Play You can activate the Power Play option by paying an additional dollar per game. By activating Power Play, you multiply your lower-tier winnings when the jackpot is under $150 million. Power Play is drawn apart from the six numbers. How to Claim Prizes If you have a winning ticket, you must claim it in the jurisdiction where you purchased it, no matter where you live. You must be at least 18 to play Powerball, except in Nebraska where you need to be at least 19. You need to be 21 if you're in Mississippi, Louisiana, Iowa, and Arizona. In Massachusetts, if you have a winning ticket, make sure that you sign the back of the ticket in order to establish your ownership of it. If your signature isn't on the back, then your ticket will be viewed as a "bearer ticket." This means that anyone who presents that ticket can claim its prize. You also need to bring a signed photo ID card and proof of your Social Security Number. Payment Options When you win the Powerball jackpot, you'll have two options for receiving your payment. First, you can choose to be paid in 30 graduated annual installments. Each payment will increase by 5% in order to adjust for inflation. If you don't want to wait, you can also take the lump sum cash prize. This is paid in two installments. The first installment will come from the winning jurisdiction and the second one will come from the combined funds of the other members. The advertised jackpot number is only for people who choose to be paid in annual installments. If the jackpot isn't won, then the prize pool is rolled over to the next drawing and continues to increase until a winning ticket is claimed. MUSL is contractually liable and obligated to make all scheduled payments to the winners who choose the annual installments. Each time the Powerball jackpot is won, the next jackpot automatically becomes $40 million. Each time the jackpot isn't won, it needs to increase by at least $10 million. If the ticket sale revenue isn't enough to raise the jackpot pool, then additional funds will have to be contributed by game members so that they can cover the shortage. This usually happens when the jackpot is won in back to back drawings. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a drop in lottery ticket sales. Because of this, the minimum starting jackpot for the Powerball has been reduced to $20 million. And when the jackpot isn't won, it now only needs to increase by $2 million. Mega Millions Mega Millions is a lottery game that's played in the US Virgin Islands, the District of Columbia, and 45 states. The first Mega Millions game was drawn in 2002 and was only offered in six states. Mega Millions is drawn on Friday and Tuesday evenings at 11 pm Eastern Time, including holidays. The drawings are supervised by the Georgia Lottery and held in Atlanta, Georgia at the studios of WSB-TV. As with Powerball, the minimum jackpot is $40 million. If you win the jackpot, you can choose to be paid in thirty graduated annual installments. Those installments will increase in value by 5% each year. When there's no jackpot winner, the prize is increased. With Mega Millions, players need to match 5 of 70 white balls as well as a gold "MegaBall" from a different field of 25 numbers. Each game costs $2 to play. If you live in Massachusetts, you can also add Megaplier. For an extra dollar, the Megaplier will multiply your non-jackpot prizes. In 2018, one ticket in South Carolina claimed a Mega Millions jackpot of $1.537 billion. This was the largest jackpot ever for Mega Millions and the largest lottery jackpot win ever for a single ticket. Mega Millions Rules The easiest way to play Mega Millions is with Quick Pick. Ask your clerk for a Quick Pick and the machine will randomly select numbers for you. If you want, you can grab a Mega Millions play slip and pick your own numbers. Either way, it will cost you $2 to play. If you pick the numbers yourself, then you want to choose five numbers between 1 and 70. Find those numbers in the pink section of the slip and fill them in with a blue or black pen. You can use a pencil too if you want. Then, select your Mega Ball number. This will be a number between 1 and 25. Fill in the number on the white section of your slip. When you're done, give your completed play slip back to the clerk and receive your Mega Millions ticket in return. Lucky for Life Lucky for Life is a lottery game that is available in the District of Columbia as well as 25 states. The game started in Connecticut in 2009 and then expanded to the rest of New England before adding many more jurisdictions. The drawings for Lucky for Life are held in Connecticut. The drawings are done at 10:40 pm Eastern Time on Thursdays and Mondays. They use numbered balls and two drawing machines. Like the other games in this article, it costs $2 to play Lucky for Life. Lucky for Life Rules There are two easy ways to play Lucky for Life. The first way is to let the lottery machine pick the numbers for you. All you have to do is ask the clerk for a Lucky for Life Easy Pick and your numbers will be selected at random. If you want, you can also choose your own numbers. In order to do that, you'll need a Lucky for Life play slip. Now, you have to pick five numbers from 1 to 48. Just use a pencil and fill in your numbers. Next, mark one Lucky Ball number between 1 and 18. If you want, you can play the same numbers for more than one drawing, up to ten consecutive drawings. This is known as multi-draw and it works for Easy Picks as well as when you pick your own numbers. All you have to do is tell the clerk how many draws you'd like or just mark it on your play slip. Remember, it will cost you $2 per play. So one set of numbers for the next ten drawings will cost you $20. Now that your play slip is ready, just hand it back to the clerk and receive your Lucky for Life ticket in return. Lucky for Life Winnings If you match all five numbers and the Lucky Ball number, you'll win $1,000 a day for life. There are other cash prizes too. If you match five numbers without the Lucky Ball, you'll win $25,000 a year for life. You can also win cash by matching four numbers plus the Lucky Ball, only matching four numbers, matching only three numbers, and so on. You'll even win money just for matching the Lucky Ball number by itself. As with other lottery games, you want to make sure that you sign the back of the lottery ticket so that everyone knows it's yours. Keep that ticket in a safe place since you'll need it in order to claim any prizes you might win - no exceptions. The Importance of Knowing the Mega Millions, Lucky for Life, and Powerball Rules for Massachusetts Lottery Playing the lottery can be a lot of fun. For most people, it's a daily or weekly activity that they play for years on end. The hope that the Massachusetts lottery gives to people is sometimes enough to help them get through tough times. But in the end, we all dream about winning. Of course, there's nothing worse than having a nearly perfect lottery ticket and then realizing that you messed up somewhere along the way. But by knowing Mega Millions, Lucky for Life, and Powerball Rules, you can make sure that you'll know exactly what you're doing. Are you interested in playing the best jackpot games on the web? Check out the rest of our site and see which games pique your interest!
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