No joke: Illinois resident wins $1M lotto prize in April Fool's Day drawing
CHICAGO - This is no joke! One lucky Illinois resident is a million dollars richer after winning the April Fool's Day Lotto drawing.
The winning lottery ticket, which was purchased online, matched all six numbers in the Lotto Million 2 drawing on Saturday, according to the Illinois Lottery. The winning numbers were 10-19-25-30-33-37.
The win marked the first Lotto millionaire of 2023, lottery officials said. In total, nearly 114,000 winning tickets were sold in Saturday night's Lotto drawing.
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Winners have up to a year from the original drawing date to claim their prizes.
The Illinois Lotto game was revamped in April 2021 to add two more drawings in addition to the jackpot - Lotto Million 1 and Lotto Million 2 - for three chances to become a millionaire with every drawing. Since then, 22 Lotto players have won a million dollars or more.
The current Lotto jackpot is $12.8 million for Monday night’s draw.
Lotto is played three times a week on Monday, Thursday and Saturday with evening drawings at 9:22 p.m.