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Illinois’ ‘luckiest’ place to buy a lotto ticket is hosting a Powerball ticket giveaway ahead of the billion dollar draw – NBC Chicago

Trick-or-treating usually comes with an orange pumpkin-shaped Halloween bucket and lots of candy.

This year however, there could be free Powerball tickets for a jackpot worth $1 billion.

After no jackpot-winning tickets were sold in Saturday’s Powerball draw, the pot – or rather the cauldron – soared to $1 billion. According to lottery officials, this is the fifth jackpot to reach 10 figures in US history.

And while tickets are $2 per play, Illinois residents on Halloween have the chance to get a free Powerball ticket (or more) at one of the luckiest locations in the state.

According to Illinois Lottery officials, the “Halloween Ticket Grab Challenge” takes place at the Monday Lucky Mart at 2900 W. 87th St. in Chicago from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Challenge is exactly what it sounds like.

Illinois Lotto officials at the Lucky Mart have set up a “slot machine full of Powerball tickets ready to be picked up,” a press release said. “Once inside the slot, players have seconds to collect as many Powerball tickets as possible.” To win? More than 500 Powerball tickets, according to lotto officials.

The problem? Participants must be at least 18 years old and must wear a Halloween costume, according to officials.

Courtesy of Illinois Lottery

According to the Illinois Lottery, Lucky Mart in Chicago’s Marycrest neighborhood is the place in Illinois that served the most candy bars this year, as the Illinois Lottery retailer that “sold the most winning Powerball tickets in 2022”.

Monday’s Powerball draw takes place at 9:59 p.m. CST.

A look at the biggest Powerball jackpots ever won in US history

January 2016: Powerball $1.586 billion (California, Florida, Tennessee)

Considered the biggest lottery jackpot ever won, the January 13, 2016 Powerball draw split a nearly $1.6 billion jackpot between three lucky players.

Oct. 2018: Mega Millions $1.5 billion (South Carolina)

The biggest prize ever won by a single ticket was awarded in the draw on October 23, 2018, with one lucky winner from South Carolina walking away with a cash prize of $877.8 million.

July 2022: Mega Millions $1.3 billion (Illinois)

The second biggest single ticket win ever, this jackpot was won on a ticket purchased at a Speedway gas station in Des Plaines earlier this year.

January 2021: Mega Millions $1 billion (Michigan, Kansas)

One of only three lottery jackpots to exceed $1 billion, this ticket, sold in Michigan, paid the winner $776.6 million in cash prizes.

March 2019: Powerball $768.4 million (Wisconsin)

This winning ticket was purchased in New Berlin, Wisconsin.

These drawings complete the top ten:

August 2017: Powerball $758.7 million (Massachusetts)

January 2021: Powerball $731.1 million (Maryland)

Oct. 2021: Powerball $699.8 million (California)

October 2018: Powerball $687.8 million (Iowa, New York)

December 2013: Mega Millions $648 million (Georgia)

March 2012: Mega Millions $646 million (Illinois, Maryland, California)

This jackpot, divided into three parts, was the highest total prize ever won by an Illinois resident. Merle and Patricia Butler captured nearly $219 million by buying a ticket to Red Bud, located in the southwest corner of the state.