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Illinois Lottery changes hike Lotto ticket price, move drawing days

Thursday, July 11, 2013

You will have to pay more to play the Illinois lottery starting July 14.

With multistate lottery games like Powerball and Mega Millions offering jackpots in excess of $100 million every other month, the Illinois Lottery has revamped one of its original games, Lotto , in order to give lottery players a chance at potentially bigger jackpots and better overall odds.

Starting Sunday, Lotto will cost $1 for each game, instead of $1 for two sets of numbers. And the drawings will now take place on Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings; the Wednesday drawing now moves to Thursday. Additionally, Lotto's prize table will award new prizes and larger average prizes per category and will offer an additional match-2 prize level.

In October 2012, the popular Extra Shot feature, which offers players six more ways to win for $1 more, was introduced and remains an optional purchase on every Lotto ticket.

The rules of Lotto will not change. Players still choose six numbers from 1-52. The drawings will continue to take place at 9:22 p.m. CT.

The Illinois Lottery says overall odds of winning a Lotto prize are now 1-in-7.36 for base Lotto (compared with the previous 1-in-32) and 1-in-5.68 (previously 1-in-9) for Lotto with Extra Shot.

Lotto was introduced in February 1983. After 3,008 drawings and more than $9 billion in sales, Lotto has created more Lottery millionaires than all other Illinois Lottery games combined.

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