If you want to play Illinois Lottery today, there are various options available. Tickets can be bought either online or at licensed lottery vendors located throughout Illinois; Powerball and Mega Millions multi-state games as well as other draw games are offered by this lotteries and you can add an extra chance at winning jackpot with tickets priced $1 or less each.

Illinois Lottery began operations in 1974 as one of the first states to legalize gambling, and since then has contributed its profits towards public education, including K-12 schools and their programs, with approximately $14 Million per week currently going to support public school funding through their Common School Fund contribution. Additionally, through instant-win games they support local projects and initiatives as well.

In order to participate in an Illinois Lottery drawing, players must select six numbers between 1 and 52 or use Quick Pick option to increase your odds of success. An Extra Shot option can also be purchased for $1 per line to increase chances of winning the jackpot, which starts at $2 million! Drawings take place every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday evening starting at 9:22 p.m. CST.

Though there are various ways to play the Illinois Lottery, buying online tickets is probably the easiest and simplest method. On this website you can choose your lines, purchase type and how many drawings to enter at once – you can even view past results as well as jackpot amounts!

Illinois Lottery mobile apps are compatible with both iOS and Android devices, with iOS available from Apple Store download and Android on official lottery website download. Once signed up, simply log in and transfer funds from a valid credit/debit card into your lottery wallet using it, before purchasing tickets for Powerball, Mega Millions Lotto Lucky Day Lotto Pick 3/4 Prizes within 365 days!

As well as draw games, the Illinois Lottery offers more than 70 instant tickets available at authorized lottery sales outlets for $1 or less each; prizes range from $500 to $5 Million! In order to take part in any draw games, tickets must be purchased prior to 8 p.m. on the night of a drawing.

Illinois residents can use lottery winnings from Illinois lotteries for college tuition, home repairs or purchasing a new car. Any winnings of more than $1,000 may be subject to federal income taxes which vary based on filing status – generally winnings of $600 are taxed at 24% as non-resident aliens while resident aliens will pay 26% tax rate on winnings over $600. If unsure, consult with a tax professional prior to playing the lottery!