When Chicago Residents Play the Lottery, Illinoisans Win

August 20, 2011

Did you win the Illinois Lottery last year? Odds are, you did not, but I’ll bet you played.

lottery logoThe Illinois Lottery recorded its ninth straight year of increased sales. In fact, it was a record-breaking year.

During fiscal year 2011, which ran from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011, the Illinois Lottery generated $2.278 billion in sales, an increase of 3 percent over last year. Over the past five-year period, since fiscal year 2007, Lottery sales have increased by more than 11 percent.

You might not have reaped the benefits, but many local organizations did, to the tune of approximately $690 million.

In fiscal year 2011, the Illinois Lottery transferred:

*$632 million to the Common School Fund

*$54 million to the Capital Projects Fund

*$1.12 million for Illinois veteran groups

*1.2 million in the battle against multiple sclerosis.

*$905,286 to improve the lives of people living with AIDS

*$748,528 for the fight against breast cancer

“Our goal is to responsibly grow funding for both of the Common School Fund and the Capital Projects Fund,” said Jodie Winnett, acting superintendent of the Illinois Lottery.

“This is the highest amount of money transferred from the Lottery in our 37-year history.”

Instant win tickets accumulated the most sales at more than $1.2 billion. In fact, five of the final sixth months of the fiscal year were the highest instant ticket sales months in the history of the Illinois Lottery.

“The success of the Lottery is due in large part to the great team of professionals who work here and also our incredible retailer base,” said Winnett. “Their efforts have allowed us to show steady growth, even during a tough economy. That is something we are very proud of.”

So, maybe you didn’t win the lottery. But by playing it, you helped Illinois organizations and residents in need to win.

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