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Illinois Lottery Mega Millions

The Illinois Lottery is 1 of 46 US State Lotteries & District Lotteries that offer the Mega Millions game – in this case the Illinois Mega Millions – as part of its overall portfolio of lottery games.

The Mega Millions is a Multi-State USA Lottery that is run and operated by the Mega Millions Consortium – who administer and syndicate the game across the USA and is one of the largest lottery games in the world – having produced a world record jackpot of US$ 656 MILLION in March 2012. This massive top prize was shared between 3 Mega Millions winning tickets from Illinois, Kansas and Maryland and stands as the 2nd biggest jackpot ever won in the history of world lottery games.

The very first Mega Millions draw took place on May 17th 2002 with 6 USA Lottery companies taking part who were all members of the Mega Millions Consortium.

The game had changed its name and format from the Big Game which had first started back on August 31st 1996. Upon this change – 2 further State Lottery companies joined & many more were to follow.

The IL Lottery Mega Millions was first sold back on May 17th 2002 taking part in the very first Mega Millions draw – as the Illinois Lottery had already been a member of the Big Game Consortium since back on August 31st 1996 – selling the Mega Millions predecessor –the Big Game.

IL Lottery Mega Millions How it Works

The IL Lottery Mega Millions works in exactly the same way as the Mega Millions game works in all the States and Districts in the US that offer the game.

Jackpots start off at US$ 15 MILLION and ROLLOVER after each draw when the top prize is not won – making for some enormous jackpot figures.

6 numbers are drawn in total for the Illinois Mega Millions Lottery from 2 separate drawing machines – firstly 5 numbers are drawn from 75 white balls and then 1 number (the MEGAball) is drawn from 15 gold balls.

Draws for the IL Lottery Mega Millions take place twice every week on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10.00pm CST (11.00pm EST).

In addition to the 6 Mega Millions numbers drawn – a further number is drawn – using a Random Number Generator…the Mega Millions MEGAPLIER number…

MEGAPLIER…

This separate MEGAPLIER prize multiplier number drawn will be either 2, 3, 4 or 5 – and is there to give players of the IL Lottery Mega Millions a chance to increase their winnings on all levels of the prize structure apart from the Mega Millions IL jackpot itself.

With MEGAPLIER – you are able to multiply your winnings on these levels by 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x – greatly increasing the amount you can walk away with.

If a player matches the 5 main Mega Millions numbers playing with the MEGAPLIER add-on – and a MEGAPLIER number of 5 is drawn – the second tier prize of US$ 1 MILLION would be multiplied by 5x and they could win US$ 5 MILLION.

An enhancement to the MEGAPLIER option took place on October 19th 2013.

This will increase your winnings even further if you play Mega Millions using the
MEGAPLIER multiplier.

A Mega Millions MEGAPLIER multiplier of x5 was introduced meaning that your non-jackpot winnings can now be increased by up to 5 times.

This means - for example - that if you match ALL 5 of the main Mega Millions numbers and play using the MEGAPLIER feature – your Mega Millions 2nd prize
win of US$ 1 MILLION can now be increased up to US$ 5 MILLION.

IL Lottery Mega Millions How to Play

The aim when you are playing is to correctly select as many of the winning Mega Millions numbers as possible – and as there are a total of 9 different ways in which you can win on the Illinois Lottery Mega Millions – you have a great chance of winning a prize.

There are 4 main ways you can play the Illinois Mega Millions


1. Pick 5 of your own main (white ball) numbers from 1 to 75 plus your 1 Mega Ball (gold ball) number from 1 to 15.

2. Pick 5 of your own main (white ball) numbers from 1 to 75 and use the Quick Pick option to let the computer choose your Mega Ball (gold ball) number for you from 1 to 15 – using its lotto number picker / random number generator.

3. Use the Quick Pick option to let the computer pick your 5 main (white ball) numbers from 1 to 75 using its random number generator – and then pick your own Mega Ball (gold ball) number from 1 to 15.

4. Use the Quick Pick option available to let the computer choose both your 5 main (white ball) numbers from 1 to 75 and also your 1 Mega Ball (gold ball) number from 1 to 15 using its random number generator.


You can use any of these methods whether you are playing the IL Mega Millions in-state or if you Play Mega Millions Online with an authorized online lottery ticket sales company such as TheLotter.

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MEGAPLIER…

For just an extra dollar – you can choose to increase your Illinois Mega Millions Lottery winnings on all levels except for the jackpot itself – by adding the MEGAPLIER option when you are playing the Illinois Mega Millions.

If your chosen IL Lottery Mega Millions numbers match the Mega Millions winning numbers on any of these prize levels – you immediately increase your winnings by either 2, 3, 4 or 5 times – depending on what Mega Millions MEGAPLIER number was drawn.

If you play Mega Millions with the MEGAPLIER option and you are lucky enough to correctly select the 5 main Mega Millions numbers and a MEGAPLIER number of 5 is drawn – the second tier prize of US$ 1 MILLION will immediately be increased by x5 and you will walk away with US$ 5 MILLION.

IL Lottery Mega Millions Who Can Play?

In the past – you used to have to buy your lottery ticket in Illinois itself to take part in any of the Illinois Lottery games – including the Illinois Lottery Mega Millions.

Today though – you are able to Play Mega Millions Online from right around the world due to the presence of genuine and fully authorized online lottery ticket sales companies like TheLotter.

So, if you reside outside of Illinois or the US – but wish to play any of the Illinois Lottery games including the IL Lottery Mega Millions – this is simple to do using the appropriate lottery ticket sales companies – where you can buy lottery tickets online and save yourself a fair amount of time in the process.

The Illinois Lottery requires all players to be at least 18 years of age before purchasing any Illinois Lottery tickets including tickets for the IL Lottery Mega Millions game.

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Illinois Mega Millions Numbers...

The Mega Millions IL is drawn every week on both Tuesdays and Fridays at 10.00pm CST (11.00pm EST).

You can find the Illinois Mega Millions Lottery Results in various different ways to check your ticket – and see if you have been lucky with the Illinois Lottery Mega Millions winning numbers drawn.

The Illinois Lottery Mega Millions winning numbers will be broadcast after every draw on WGN-TV and they will be displayed on illinoislottery.com – the official website of Lottery Illinois – very soon after the draw has been made.

You can also find out the latest Illinois Mega Millions Results from select radio stations and newspapers across the state and you can always come back to Global Lottery Review at any time to check the very latest Illinois Mega Millions results – plus any Previous Mega Millions Results that you may wish to see.

IL Lottery Mega Millions Odds of Winning

With 9 different ways of winning – and therefore a great chance of winning something on the Mega Millions Illinois – the odds vary greatly from 1 in 258.89 million for matching all the correct Illinois Lottery Mega Millions winning numbers – right down to just 1 in 21 for matching only 1 correct number.

The overall odds of winning any IL Lottery Mega Millions prize are just 1 in 15.

Here is an easy-to-read calculation table that shows you the odds of winning, the number of matches needed and the prizes you can win – on all different levels of the IL Lottery Mega Millions…

ILLINOIS MEGA MILLIONS ODDS and PRIZES

Prize Level

Number of Matches

Win

Odds of Winning

1

5 Main + MEGA Ball

Jackpot

1 in 258,890,850

2

5 Main

$ 1,000,000

1 in 18,492,204

3

4 Main + MEGA Ball

$ 5,000

1 in 739,688

4

4 Main

$ 500

1 in 52,835

5

3 Main + MEGA Ball

$ 50

1 in 10,720

6

3 Main

$ 5

1 in 766

7

2 Main + MEGA Ball

$ 5

1 in 473

8

1 Main + MEGA Ball

$ 2

1 in 56

9

MEGA Ball ONLY

$ 1

1 in 21

OVERALL odds of winning ANY prize are 1 in 15

IL Lottery Mega Millions Record Jackpots

The biggest jackpot win on the Illinois Mega Millions to date has been the massive US$ 270 MILLION won on January 16th 2015 by Jesus Davila Jr. of Naperville, Illinois.

The 2nd highest has been US$ 218.6 Million won by Merle and Patricia Butler from Red Bud on March 30th 2012.

This was, in fact, one third of the record US$ 656 Million Mega Millions jackpot which was shared with winners from Kansas and Maryland and still stands as the biggest jackpot ever to have been won in the history of the Mega Millions lottery.

The 3rd largest jackpot win in Il Lottery Mega Millions history so far has been the US$ 118 Million won on May 4th 2012 by a lucky ticket in Glenwood, IL.

The 4th biggest win to date on the Illinois Mega Millions has been the amazing US$ 81.5 Million won on December 18th 2007 by the JYS Family Partnership. The win was half the US$ 163 Million jackpot and was shared with a New Jersey Mega Millions winner.

The 5th largest win on the IL Lottery Mega Millions was won by Barbara & George Martinek of Mount Prospect, Illinois on September 27th 2002 when they claimed a US$ 37 Million jackpot on the Mega Milions IL.

The 6th highest amount won so far on the Illinois Mega Millions occurred on May 17th 2002 when US$ 28 Million was won by Samuel Rice and the Rice Partnership from Chatham.

IL Lottery Mega Millions How Prizes are Paid

If you have won an Illinois Lottery Mega Millions jackpot – you will be able to claim your prize as either a cash lump sum or as an annuity payment – you will need to make this life-changing choice within 60 days of the date of your claim.

If you choose the annuity option – your Illinois Mega Millions winnings will be paid to you annually over a 30 year period.

For all prizes on the Mega Millions IL – you will have 365 days from the date of the draw taking place – to make your claim before your Illinois MegaMillions ticket will become invalid.

If your win on the Mega Millions IL is up to US$ 600 – you will be able to claim your winnings at any of the Illinois Lottery retailers.

If you’ve had a win of between US$ 600 to US$ 1 Million on the Illinois Mega Millions Lottery – you will be able to claim your prize by going to any of the Illinois Lottery retailers and validating your ticket – then mailing the claim form in.

If you have won up to US$ 25,000 on the Mega Millions IL – you can also claim your prize by visiting one of the IllinoisLottery prize centers in Chicago, Springfield, Des Plaines, Fairview Heights or Rockford.

If you are lucky enough to win an Illinois Mega Millions jackpot – you will need to make your claim by calling the Illinois Lottery claims office.

You needn’t worry if you play lottery online with one of the genuine and authorized online lottery ticket sale companies like TheLotter – as part of their role is to look after all these details for you – making sure that you receive your winnings directly and promptly.

Illinois Lottery Other Games...

As well as the Illinois Lottery Mega Millions – Lottery Illinois offer various other lotto games – some of which can be played just within Illinois itself like Little Lotto, Pick 3, Pick 4 plus numerous IL Lottery Instant Scratch-Off Games.

Other Illinois Lottery games such as the highly popular jackpot lottery game – the Illinois Lotto and the huge multi-state Powerball game – can be played from anywhere in the world.

We have fully reviewed the IL Lottery – Illinois Lotto – which you can read about in detail here. We have also reviewed the huge Powerball game which the IllinoisLottery has been selling since January 31st 2010 as part of the cross-selling agreement between the MUSL who administer Powerball – and the Mega Millions Consortium.


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