ILLINOIS — The clock is ticking for five lottery-made millionaires to claim their prizes in Illinois.
Two Mega Millions tickets, two Lucky Day Lotto tickets, and one Lotto ticket, all worth at least $1 million dollars, still have not been claimed, according to the Illinois Lottery’s website. Winners have one year from the date of the drawing before they lose their winnings.
All five tickets are from 2023 and were sold on the following dates in the listed locations:
- January 14 Mega Millions – 7-Eleven, 847 N. Dodge Ave. Evanston, IL 60202
- March 16 Lucky Day Lotto – Walmart, 1100 S. Randall Rd. Elgin, IL 60123
- April 8 Lucky Day Lotto – Family Pantry, 9259 Waukegan Rd. Morton Grove, IL 60053
- April 14 Lotto – BP Amoco, 5548 W. 159th St. Oak Forest, IL 60452
- April 15 Mega Millions – Circle K, 460 S. Mclean Blvd. Elgin, IL 60123
Additionally, five prizes from the Jackpot and Daily Game list worth at least $100,000 are also listed as unclaimed. This includes a $150,021 Powerball ticket purchased in June 2022 which means its purchaser has just about two months left before they miss out on the money.
- June 30, 2022 Powerball – Mobil Gas, 501 Dundee Rd. Northbrook, IL 60062 – $150,021
- November 8, 2022 Powerball – 7-Eleven, 1680 Montgomery Rd. Aurora, IL 60504 – $100,000
- March 2 Lucky Day Lotto – Beachlers Inc., 3623 N. University St. Peoria, IL 61604 – $475,000
- April 16 Lucky Day Lotto – Valley News, 103 E. St. Paul St. Spring Valley, IL 61362 – $150,000
- April 20 Lucky Day Lotto – Mobil Gas, 2418 St. Charles Rd. Bellwood, IL 60104 – $225,000
According to Amy Shanks with Camelot Illinois, the company which operates Illinois’ state lottery system, any unclaimed prizes are given to the state’s Common School Fund once the one-year mark is eclipsed. This assumes their proceeds are not needed to cover the payment of prizes or operational and administrative costs.
An earlier version of this article cited this publication by the Illinois Association of School Boards, dated July 29, 2022, which stated a cap on lottery contributions to the Common School Fund was still in place. However, the cap was formally removed on July 1, 2022 through the FY2023 Budget Implementation Act.