Is Illinois Part of the Powerball Lottery?

Illinois residents interested in participating in the Powerball lottery should know a few important details. You must be 18 or over to purchase tickets, either at participating retailers or online. Finally, once purchased you must sign and secure the back of the ticket before watching live results on television or the official IL Lottery website to determine if you won.

Powerball was launched as a multi-state lottery game in 1992 and made available in Illinois beginning January 2010. With jackpots starting at $20 Million and reaching hundreds of Millions over time, Powerball quickly became one of the most sought-after lotteries in America and has given away some of its largest prizes ever awarded.

Players select five white ball numbers between 1 and 69 and one red Powerball number from 1 to 26. The minimum prize is four dollars; Power Play tickets may also be purchased to increase non-jackpot winnings 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x; there’s no cap on how many Power Play tickets a player may buy; the top prize of $1 billion lump sum awaits everyone!

Oak Park family won Illinois’s inaugural Powerball jackpot in December 2010, using their money to cover college tuition expenses for their two children. Their ticket was sold at Thornton Gas and Food Mart in Forest Park; as a bonus for selling it they received an additional payout of $187,000.

California residents purchased a Powerball ticket that won and have one year to claim it; its numbers were 5, 23, 28, 29 35 and 61 and odds are 1 in 292,201,338! Illinois Lottery contributes part of its proceeds to support public education from kindergarten through 12th grade with every ticket sold and an Extra Shot can be added for another $1 each time – adding one also gives Illinois residents another chance at winning at Powerball!

Illinois Powerball players can purchase tickets through participating retailers, online platforms and the official lottery app. Draws take place Monday, Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 9:59 p.m. If purchasing online tickets is your preference, creating an account and depositing funds into it first before choosing their numbers and selecting whether or not they would like Power Play included before selecting how many consecutive drawings to participate in before placing their order and confirming it before following live results via television, online platforms or an app providing real-time updates – or use one that allows access at any time if playing mobile numbers is also an option!

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