Illinois Lottery instant scratch-off tickets are an easy way for some of us to throw away a dollar or two while others win some serious cash.

You Won't Believe How Much Revenue The Illinois State Lottery Generates

In 2019, according to the Illinois Associate of School Boards, the Illinois State Lottery raked in $3 billion. Yes, billion. You can find where the money went here.

Is There a 'Secret' To Winning?

There may be but I don't know it but I did find somewhat of a strategy if you want to call it that.

The strategy is to look at the back of the scratch-off and check out its overall odds of winning. And, when you see the overall odds of all the value of the tickets you'll notice a pattern.

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The "games" that are the cheapest, $1 instant, have the least amount of odds of winning, the highest being 1 in 5. The higher the ticket value the fewer chances you'll win. The tickets with the highest chances of you winning aren't $5s or $10. It's $20, $25, and $30 scratch-offs.

Here are the 10 Illinois State Lottery Instant Games With The Best Overall Odds

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10. 20 Years of Cash ($20)

This is a match game with chances to win double, five, ten, or twenty times the prize shown for that symbol.

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9. Lucky 7 Deluxe ($20)

Another match but the prizes could be double, triple, seven times, or even seventy times the prizes shown for that symbol.

Reveal a "HORSESHOE" symbol, win all 25 YOUR SYMBOLS prizes.

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8. $1 Million Merry Multiplier ($30)

A match game with a chance to win five, ten, or twenty times the prize shown.

Match any of YOUR NUMBERS to the WIN-ALL-NUMBER, automatically win all 24 YOUR NUMBERS prizes.

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7. Million $$ Match ($30)

This match game is like the above but with chances to win a guaranteed $100-500 prize in addition to other prizes.

Get a "WIN" symbol, WIN ALL 30 YOUR NUMBER PRIZES shown below.

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6. Ultimate Millions ($30)

Similar to #% but up to a $400 additional prize and a "gold bar" to win 10 times the prize.

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5. $5 Million Riches ($30)

Yet another match game. This one has a "Pot of Gold" and "Money Bag" bonus.

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4. 200X ($30)

Another match game that could win you $200 times the corresponding prize.

BONUS: Reveal a “money bag” symbol, instantly win $200.

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3. Diamond Crossword 10X ($25)

This is a crossword game where if your letters complete 3 or more words, you win a prize.

Complete 3 or more words in the BONUS GRID, win the corresponding prize shown in the BONUS GRID PRIZE LEGEND.

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2. $1,000,000 Cash Celebration! ($30)

Another match game.

Reveal a “starburst” symbol, instantly win ALL 30 YOUR NUMBERS PRIZES!

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1. $1,000,000 Jumbo Crossword 10X ($25)

Another match game.

Reveal a “starburst” symbol, instantly win ALL 30 YOUR NUMBERS PRIZES!

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