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How to play the Illinois Pick 3

Playing the Illinois Pick 3 and picking possible winning numbers are easy and straight-forward. Simply buy a ticket from a Local Retailer to stand a chance to win big cash prizes.

Can you play online? Yes!

  • Check¬†winning numbers
  • Estimated jackpot¬†amounts
  • See draw¬†results
  • Payout¬†amounts

And more!

Easily check today’s Illinois Pick 3 winning numbers, handy and useful tips.

What is the Illinois Pick 3?

To play the Illinois Pick 3 players simply need to pick a three-digit number to enter! Players can pick their numbers between 000 to 999 or opt for a Quick Pick option to have a three-digit number automatically chosen on their behalf.

How to play the Illinois Pick 3?

Pick Your Numbers

To play the Illinois Pick 3 players simply pick a three-digit number in a range between 000 to 999 or opt for a Quick Pick option to have a three-digit number automatically chosen on their behalf. Pick 3 with Plus FIREBALL offers players an extra number drawn which results in more chances to win. It doubles the players wager amount on each play.

Pick 3 plus FIREBALL

Pick 3 plus FIREBALL is an IL exclusive draw game which offers players more chances to win with twice-daily draws and the plus FIREBALL option.

Buy Your Ticket

Players can buy Pick 3 tickets from authorized retailers in Illinois or play online via the lottery’s official website or mobile app.

Illinois Lottery Tickets

Illinois lottery tickets are available from more than 8,200 authorized retailers and winning tickets are valid and claimable for up to a year after the official draw.

Can a player buy IL Lottery tickets online?

Yes, players can buy individual tickets and subscriptions for all Illinois Lottery games from their official website or mobile app

Illinois Pick 3 Lotto Prizes

For just $. 50, players can win up to $250, and for $1.00 players can win up to $500!

How to claim your lotto cash prize

Winnings at a value lower than $600 can be collected at any registered lottery retailer, Lottery Claims Center, or by mailing the ticket to the Lottery’s Springfield HQ (remember to sign the back!).

The lottery publishes the winner’s names, home city, and the amount they won. Contact details, such as addresses and telephone numbers are never published. Both state and federal taxes apply on lottery winnings. Players must be 18 years old or older to play the Illinois Lottery. Players need to be a resident of the state and live in Illinois at the time of purchasing their lottery tickets to play online. Most Illinois Lottery game tickets can be bought in advance at registered lottery retailers.

Illinois Lucky Day Lotto frequently asked questions

Where do the profits from ticket sales go?

All profits made from Illinois Lottery games go toward the state’s public education, capital projects, and a range of special causes.

Can players buy lottery tickets online, over the phone, or by mail?

Players can play online, but cannot purchase tickets by phone or mail.

Which Illinois Lottery games can be played online?

Powerball, Mega Millions, and Lotto games online as well as subscriptions to Lucky Day Lotto (Midday, Evening), Pick 3 (Midday, Evening), and Pick 4 (Midday, Evening).

Playing Online Lotteries

  • Make sure that the online lottery site is secure by looking for¬†a small symbol of a padlock obviously displayed – this simple indicates that all personal information will be safe. If you don‚Äôt see that symbol NEVER enter any private information!
  • If there is a requirement that you must be at least 18 years old to play don‚Äôt sign up if if under that specified age as proof of age is needed to claim a prize.
  • A legitimate, online lottery site will not impose fees on winnings.
  • Never enter credit or debit card information over an open Wi-Fi network!

How long do players have to claim a prize?

One year from the date of the draw.

What happens if a ticket is lost or damaged?

Always sign the back of a lottery ticket! The Illinois Lottery can’t be held responsible for lost or damaged lottery tickets.

Illinois Lottery Apps and Technology

The¬†Illinois Lottery¬†supports mobile apps for Android and iOS devices. Players can download the app directly from the lottery’s official website or the Apple App Store. For Android users, a new version of the official app should be available for download soon as the older version is unfortunately no longer supported.

The Illinois Lottery App lets players:

  • Scan tickets for winners
  • Purchase tickets and subscriptions to all of IL Lottery’s games
  • Check the latest jackpot amounts and winning numbers
  • Manage their account and winnings
  • Find the nearest retailers

and much more!

History of The Illinois Lotto and Illinois Pick 3

  • The Illinois Lotto had its start in 1983 when it was better known as the Lotto 6/40. The game medium changed throughout the years, but has been set at 6/52 since 1999.
  • Pick 3 (originally known as¬†The Daily Game) was launched on February 19, 1980. It started out as a single-drawing game that was held on Monday through Saturday evenings. On March 20, 1983, the lottery began to offer Sunday drawings of Pick 3. Ten years later on December 20, 1993, it expanded to 13 draws weekly with the addition of midday drawings.

Fireball

  • On September 1, 2013, the Illinois Lottery introduced an optional feature to Pick 3 and Pick 4, called “Fireball”, which can be added for a cost equivalent to the player’s original base wager. A bonus prize will be awarded if all of the numbers are matched.

Comparison table for The Illinois Pick 3

Play Type and Match

Prize with $.50 Wager

Prize with $.50 Wager + FIREBALL

Prize with $1 Wager

Prize with $1 Wager + FIREBALL

Odds of Winning

Odds with FIREBALL

Straight

$250

$125

$500

$250

1 in 1,000

1 in 333

Box 3-way

$80

$40

$160

$80

1 in 333

1 in 111

Box 6-way

$40

$20

$80

$40

1 in 167

1 in 56

Combo 3-way

$250 ($1.50 wager)

$125

$500 ($3 wager)

$250

1 in 1,000

1 in 111

Combo 6-way

$250 ($3 wager)

$125

$500 ($6 wager)

$250

1 in 1,000

1 in 111

Straight/Box 3-way

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$330 (straight)
$80 (box)

$165 (straight)
$40 (box)

1 in 1,000 (straight)
1 in 333 (box)

1 in 333 (straight)
1 in 111 (box)

Straight/Box 6-way

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$290 (straight)
$40 (box)

$145 (straight)
$20 (box)

1 in 1,000 (straight)
1 in 167 (box)

1 in 333 (straight)
1 in 111 (box)

Front Pair

$25

$12

$50

$24

1 in 100

1 in 33

Back Pair

$25

$12

$50

$24

1 in 100

1 in 33

Tips for playing The Illinois Pick 3

Lottery numbers are randomly drawn. But randomly drawn numbers form patterns that can be tracked and used to your advantage.  We will pop in some fun strategies and bonus tips for good measure!

Play the Right Games

There is a selection of lottery games‚ÄĒand they each have different odds of winning.

  • Read the odds¬†to ensure you’re maximizing your chances of winning.
  • Pick up some scratch cards. Yes, they offer smaller prizes but higher chances of winning overall.

Identifying Hot numbers, Cold numbers, Overdue Numbers

To use the hot, cold, overdue strategy, analyze the results of your chosen lottery – see which numbers have been drawn recently and which haven’t, at least 50 drawings is needed to get a decent sample size.

  • Hot numbers: Picked most frequently
  • Cold numbers: drawn less frequently overall.
  • Overdue numbers: are ones that have not shown up in recent weeks.

Bonus Tip:¬†Look at a list of past winning numbers for¬†Illinois Pick 3, and you’ll see, more often than not, one or more of the¬†number groups¬†are not represented. Tracking and studying Number Groups can help you make an informed choice.

Don’t Miss a Lottery Win!

  • Keep your ticket somewhere that is safe and easy to find
  • Make a note of the drawing date and time in your calendar
  • Check and Double-check the numbers against your ticket
  • Use a¬†lottery app¬†to keep track

Pick Traditional Lucky Numbers

Seven days of the week, seven wonders of the world, seven continents, seven seas, and the list goes on.

Other traditional lucky numbers include three (as in “good things come in threes”) and four.

Choose Rarer Numbers

Picking certain numbers may offer you a slight advantage, not for your chances of winning, but for your payout.

If you win a lottery jackpot, there is a chance that you might have to split the payout with players who picked the same numbers, so you might as well try to select rarer numbers to improve your odds of keeping more of the payout for yourself.

Lucky Number Generators

The simplest way to find lucky numbers to play is simply to use a generator. Lucky number generators use numerology, or perhaps simply randomness, to find numbers for you.

Finding and playing lucky numbers is based on fun more than facts. Mathematically, every number has an equal chance of being chosen as a winner.

Why the Illinois Pick 3 is so popular

Not only does the¬†Illinois Pick 3¬†offer players ‚Äútop prize‚ÄĚ payouts, but it has multiple ways and¬†chances to win. As previous results and jackpot payouts will show, the¬†Illinois Pick 3¬†offers players of any income a chance to win and dream BIG! All profits made from Illinois Lottery games go toward the state’s public education, capital projects, and a range of special causes.

Illinois Pick 3 number generator

Odds of winning The Illinois Pick 3

Play Type and Match

Prize with $.50 Wager

Prize with $.50 Wager + FIREBALL

Prize with $1 Wager

Prize with $1 Wager + FIREBALL

Odds of Winning

Odds with FIREBALL

Straight

$250

$125

$500

$250

1 in 1,000

1 in 333

Box 3-way

$80

$40

$160

$80

1 in 333

1 in 111

Box 6-way

$40

$20

$80

$40

1 in 167

1 in 56

Combo 3-way

$250 ($1.50 wager)

$125

$500 ($3 wager)

$250

1 in 1,000

1 in 111

Combo 6-way

$250 ($3 wager)

$125

$500 ($6 wager)

$250

1 in 1,000

1 in 111

Straight/Box 3-way

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$330 (straight)
$80 (box)

$165 (straight)
$40 (box)

1 in 1,000 (straight)
1 in 333 (box)

1 in 333 (straight)
1 in 111 (box)

Straight/Box 6-way

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$290 (straight)
$40 (box)

$145 (straight)
$20 (box)

1 in 1,000 (straight)
1 in 167 (box)

1 in 333 (straight)
1 in 111 (box)

Front Pair

$25

$12

$50

$24

1 in 100

1 in 33

Back Pair

$25

$12

$50

$24

1 in 100

1 in 33

Is the Illinois Lotto a Scam?

Absolutely not! The¬†Illinois Lotto¬†was launched in¬†1983 and is still going strong over 37 years later. Unfortunately, fake wins with other institutions have become a regular occurrence ‚Äď so here are a few tips to keep you and your money safe!

  • Only buy tickets from authorized lottery retailers.
  • Offers to sell international lottery tickets by mail or¬†online¬†are usually illegal.
  • If you didn’t buy a lottery ticket or participate in a second-chance lottery game, you didn’t win no matter how convincing a text message may sound.
  • The lottery doesn’t notify players when you win; players alone are responsible for checking your winning tickets.
  • Players are NEVER required to pay money up-front to receive a winning lottery prize.

A¬†lottery scam¬†is a type of advance-fee fraud which begins with an unexpected email notification, phone call, or mailing (sometimes including a large check) explaining that “You have won!” a large sum of money in a¬†lottery.

What to do:

If you receive a letter or email claiming that you won a prize for the Illinois Pick 3 but did not enter, it is strongly recommended that you:

  • Delete¬†or¬†destroy¬†the letter or email immediately.
  • Do not¬†open any link contained in a suspicious email.
  • Do not¬†respond to, or contact, the sender.
  • Do not¬†disclose any personal or financial information.
  • Do not¬†send any money.
  • If¬†you have already responded, break off contact with the fraudster immediately.
  • If¬†you have provided personal or financial details, alert your bank immediately.
  • If¬†you receive a suspicious email, or believe you have been the victim of internet fraud, report it to the police.

Clues to look for:

  • The email is sent from a free webmail address (e.g. @hotmail.com, @yahoo.com, @gmail etc.)
  • The letter or email starts with something vague like ‚ÄėDear Winner‚Äô.
  • Scam letters are often on poor quality, photocopied letterhead (although some will include a genuine business address in an attempt to provide legitimacy).
  • Strict time limit to claim the ‚Äėprize‚Äô. This is intended to put the potential victim under pressure and deter them from seeking advice or investigating the matter further.
  • Confidentiality is often demanded as a ‚Äėcondition of winning‚Äô. Again, this is to deter the recipient from seeking the advice of friends or family who may be more familiar with this type of scam.
  • Poor spelling, grammar and syntax are usually a good indication that the letter or email is a scam.

Conclusion

Pick 3 (originally known as¬†The Daily Game) was launched on February 19, 1980. To play the¬†Illinois Pick 3¬†players simply need to pick a three-digit number to enter. For just $. 50, players can win up to $250, and for $1.00 players can win up to¬†$500! On September 1, 2013, the Illinois Lottery introduced an optional feature to Pick 3 and Pick 4, called “Fireball”.

Illinois Lotto proceeds currently benefit three major areas:

  • The state’s Common School Fund (CSF), which helps finance K-12 public schools
  • The Capital Projects Fund, used for infrastructure improvements and job creation
  • Special causes like Illinois veterans, breast cancer charities and research, assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS, and¬†multiple sclerosis¬†research.

Players can buy tickets and subscriptions for all Illinois Lottery games from their official website or mobile app.

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