How to Pick the Illinois Lottery Winning Numbers
Use this guide to determine when to play a specific game in the Illinois lottery.  This page focuses on the odds of playing any particular game and what I call the "Expected Value" to determine when is the best time to play.
Illinois Mega Millions Lotto - Avoid
Based on the odds of playing the Illinois Mega Millions, the Jackpot shoud be at least $143,752,177 before you consider playing.  I do not recommend playing Mega Millions games because the odds are far too astronomical for you to affect.
Illinois Lotto - Play
This is a good state lotto to play if only for the fact that $1 gives you 2 chances to win.  This is, however, reflected by the lower odds of winning but with a $2 Million starting jackpot, you should reach your minimum jackpot in a reasonable amount of time.  You should play this game when the jackpot reaches $8.6 Million.  Here are your odds.
*Note that the 2nd and 3rd place prizes are estimates because the game is Para-Mutuel.
Illinois Little Lotto - Play
This game is almost identical to the Illinois Lotto except for the fact that the prizes are less and the odds are greater.  This being said, you are not able to purchase 2 bets with one dollar as with the Illinois Lotto.  This lotto's low prizes and low starting jackpot will mean that it will be a rare occurance of finding a jackpot that will actually justify playing.  You should play this game when the jackpot is $450,000.
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