Illinois Lottery Updates Lotto Beginning July 14

STATELINE (WIFR) – The Stateline has hit it big lately with the Illinois Lottery, and our chances might be getting even better.

You’ll have more ways to win a lotto prize that includes matching 2 out of six numbers, yet several players say they aren’t convinced that will help them hit the jackpot.

Also a new change, each lotto game will be one for a dollar, instead of 2 for one. That’s supposed to create larger jackpots and you’ll have to check your numbers on a different night. The drawings will take place Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, not Wednesday.

We visited several lottery hot spots in the area and those at Central Park Tap say these changes might hurt sales so much so, Barbara Krichner believes people will stop playing the game.

"You're still so confused that you don't understand all the different games that they had in the past, So people are just throwing up their hands saying i want to quit because there's too many games to play and you don't know what you're doing so I think it's going to hurt a lot and a lot of people are just going to walk away,” said Krichner.

Not all players are hesitant towards these changes. Some say they will continue to try their luck no matter what and now they might have a better chance of winning. The odds have changed from 1 in 32 to 1 in 7.

These changes take effect on Sunday. We’ll still have to pick 6 numbers. We’re told the Lotto game has created more lottery millionaires than all other games combined.

ILLINOIS (WIFR) -- 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, July 14, 2013, Lotto will cost $1 for each game-set, enabling larger jackpots and the drawings will take place on Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings – the Wednesday draw date 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. Click here for FAQs and game-play information.

Lotto has evolved in recent years, as have other Lottery draw-based games. In October 2012, the popular Extra Shot feature, which offers players six more ways to win for just $1 more, was introduced and remains an optional purchase on every Lotto ticket.

The game-play for Lotto will not change. Players still choose six numbers from 1 – 52 from a new easy-to-fill-out play slip (or opt for computer-selected quick pick numbers). The winning numbers will be displayed on the Illinois Lottery website ( and the drawings will continue to take place at 9:22 p.m. CDT and will be broadcast live on WGN TV. 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 is one of the Lottery's first multimillion-dollar draw games and was introduced in February 1983. After 3,008 draws and more than $9 billion in sales, Lotto has created more Lottery millionaires than all other Illinois Lottery games combined.

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