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Period To Claim Illinois Lottery Prizes Extended During Pandemic

Illinois Lottery players have until June 30 to claim prizes for 2019 tickets, including an unclaimed winning $2 million ticket in Joliet.

    Lorraine Swanson , Patch Staff

CHICAGO – The Illinois Lottery is extending the claim period within which winners can claim prizes during the coronavirus pandemic. Players with prizes set to expire between March 16 and May 31, 2020, now have until June 30. 2020 to claim their winnings.

“Players usually have twelve months to claim their prize,” Illinois Lottery Acting Director Harold Mays said in a statement. “During this difficult time, we wanted to extend the prize expiration date to provide players an extra opportunity to claim a prize that has been forgotten or misplaced.”

This extension includes a $2 million Mega Millions prize that was due to expire early this month. The ticket was bought from the Mobil station located in Joliet at 1600 New Lenox Road for the April 5, 2019, Mega Millions draw. The winning numbers for that drawing were 8 – 22 – 24 – 38 – 64 with a Mega Ball of 21.

“Considering many of us are spending a lot of time at home right now, if you bought a Mega Millions ticket in Joliet around this time last year, now s the time to check under your couch cushions, in your desk drawers or in your glove box to see if you’ve got the winning lottery ticket tucked away somewhere,” Mays said.

Before the extension of the prize claim window, players who won an Illinois Lottery draw-based game had twelve months from the date of the drawing to claim their prize. Players can check to see if their draw-based game ticket is a winner on the Lottery website results hub by selecting Players can also contact the player contact center at 1-800-252-1775, to check their numbers by date.

For instant tickets, players also had twelve months from the game expiration date to claim prizes. To look up an instant game expiration date, players can visit Illinois Lottery Instant Ticket Hub.

The prize claim extension applies to all prize levels for all Illinois Lottery games. Currently, Lottery prize claim centers are closed to support Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines for social distancing. As a result, players who wish to claim an expired prize during this time should fill out a claim form and follow the instructions for mail-in claims found at Illinois Lottery Winning When Win.

Period To Claim Illinois Lottery Prizes Extended During Pandemic – Joliet, IL – Illinois Lottery players have until June 30 to claim prizes for 2019 tickets, including an unclaimed winning $2 million ticket in Joliet.

Illinois Lottery Awarded Nearly $1.7 Billion In Prizes In 2019

Several of those 2019 Illinois Lottery winners were lottery players across the Chicago area.

    Rebecca Hughes , Patch Staff

CHICAGO, IL — The Illinois Lottery paid nearly $1.7 billion in prizes to winning players in 2019, and sold more than 100 million winning tickets, the lottery announced Thursday in a news release. A $1 million prize was claimed by 48 players in 2019, according to the news release.

The lottery also reported that the largest prize won was a $15.75 million Lotto jackpot in the April 11, 2019 drawing by someone who played on the Illinois Lottery mobile app, representing one of the biggest prizes won to date on the app, according to the news release.

“The Illinois Lottery marked its 45th birthday last year, but there were plenty of other reasons to celebrate in 2019,” Illinois Lottery Acting Director Harold Mays said, in the news release. “We want to celebrate our players, our winners, our retail partners and the contributions made by the people of Illinois to education and special causes through purchasing Lottery tickets.”

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Thanks to its players an annual ticket sales of nearly $3 billion, the Illinois Lottery helped the State of Illinois win, as well, according to the news release. The Illinois Lottery contributes around 25 cents of every dollar spent on games back to the state for public schools, capital projects and other special causes, the lottery said, equaling $731 million for public schools (averaging out to $2 million a day) for public education in Fiscal Year 2019. The Illinois Lottery also paid retailers across the state $165 million in bonuses and commissions in Fiscal Year 2019, the news release said.

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