Illinois Lottery Celebrates Lottery Week With $900M Powerball Draw And More

Written By Matthew Lomon on July 17, 2023

The Illinois Lottery announced today it is teaming up with lotteries across North America to kick off Lottery Week.

Running from July 17 to 22, Lottery Week is a celebration of lotteries in the United States and Canada. The goal is to spotlight the collective contributions and commemorate the positive impacts that lotteries make on local communities.

As part of this week’s festivities, the theme of the Prairie State lottery will be “More Than A Game.”

Monday’s announcement, which falls on National Lottery Day, also coincides with the next drawing of the still unclaimed $900 million Powerball jackpot. The near-billion-dollar raffle is scheduled for 10 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

Lottery Week brings about special sweepstakes

To celebrate the launch of Lottery Week, the Illinois Lottery is hosting a social media sweepstakes to give away 10 $25 prize packs of Illinois Lottery Instant Tickets.

Interested players can find the event on the Illinois Lottery’s Facebook page. Once there, the Illinois Lottery wants to hear about someone who is making a positive impact in The Prairie State. When submitting your answer, make sure to use the hashtag #MoreThanAGame to officially enter the giveaway.

This is just a small taste of what’s to come during Lottery Week. Keep an eye on the Illinois Lottery’s social media pages for more surprises and promotions.

Illinois Lottery doesn’t just talk the talk

Although cliché, the Illinois Lottery has truly been more than just a game for the communities it serves.

Approximately 25% of every dollar spent on Illinois Lottery games is used to support local initiatives, namely K-12 education.

“Illinois Lottery is more than a game. When people play the lottery, it’s a win for our State and the almost two million public school students, their families and teachers in Illinois,” said Harold Mays, director of the Illinois Lottery in a release. “On average, the Illinois Lottery contributed approximately $4.4 million per school day for Illinois public schools in fiscal year 2022.”

On top of its work in the education sector, the lottery provider has also supported several other causes, including:

  • Illinois veterans’ assistance
  • Breast cancer awareness
  • HIV/AIDS programs
  • Multiple Sclerosis research
  • Special Olympics programs
  • Alzheimer’s support
  • Homelessness prevention
  • Police memorial funding.

Overall, the Illinois Lottery has contributed more than $85 million to various causes dating back to 2006.

More information on the company’s charitable ventures will be available throughout the week, thanks to its latest partnership with iHeart Radio. Together, the two sides will lean into the “More Than A Game” theme by rolling out a series of announcements, facts, and stories about the value the Illinois Lottery brings to communities around the state.

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Born in Mississauga, ON in the year 2000, Matthew Lomon grew up surrounded by sports as a fan and participant. He played baseball at both the AAA and Elite levels, travelling across Canada and the United States. After his playing career, Matthew attended Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly known as Ryerson), graduating with distinction in the Spring of 2022 with a degree in Professional Communication.

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