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Feeling Lucky Illinoisans? Go Play Online

March 27, 2012

Want to spruce up your Chicago real estate or even buy new? Need funds for that? You could win the lottery. And now it’s even easier to play.

On Sunday, Illinois became the first state to offer lottery tickets online.

The pilot program allows residents to buy lotto and Mega Millions tickets at the push of a button.

According to Illinois lottery superintendent Michael Jones, the first ticket was bought three minutes after the website was launched and more than $8,000 in sales were reported on the first day.

Lottery officials project online sales for Mega Millions to bring in between $78 million and $118 million in new sales that will help our financially struggling state.

But not anyone can play. In order to buy online, you must register, provide a Social Security number and address to prove you are 18 and a resident of Illinois. Any winnings will go into your online account; you never have to keep track of paper tickets again.

Online lottery sales were given federal approval in December when the U.S. Department of Justice reversed its decision on allowing Internet gambling. Other states are considering similar programs and will be watching to see if the Illinois program succeeds.

Different lottery games may be available in the future but would require legislative approval.

Ready to play? Visit MyIllinoisLottery.com. Good luck!

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