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Illinois Lottery Hosts ‘Powerball Ticket Grab Challenge’ To Celebrate $1.2 Billion Jackpot 

October 3rd, 2023

1,200 Powerball Tickets To Be Given Away In River Grove

CHICAGO, October 3, 2023 – Lottery fever grips Illinois once again as the Powerball jackpot swells to a jaw-dropping $1.2 billion for tomorrow night’s drawing.

If a player wins Wednesday’s jackpot, it would be the third largest Powerball jackpot and seventh largest lottery jackpot won in U.S. history.

To celebrate the jumbo jackpot, the Illinois Lottery is hosting a ‘Powerball Ticket Grab Challenge’ - giving excited players a chance to win 1,200 free Powerball tickets ahead of the drawing on Wednesday night. 

Players can get in on the action and try their luck inside a Ticket Grab machine for five seconds to grab as many Powerball tickets as they can.

The Powerball Ticket Grab Challenge will take place on Wednesday, October 4 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Rich’s Fresh Market, located at 3141 N. Thatcher Ave. in River Grove.

Photo Caption: Rich’s Fresh Market, 3141 N. Thatcher Ave. in River Grove, is one of Illinois Lottery’s ‘winningest’ stores.

Rich’s Fresh Market is one of Illinois Lottery’s top 12 ‘winningest’ Powerball stores in Illinois - for selling the most winning Powerball tickets in 2023.

In Illinois, every lottery ticket bought supports our local communities. For Powerball, approximately 40 cents of every dollar spent goes to support K-12 education and other good causes. Since 1985, the Illinois Lottery has contributed more than $24 billion in revenue to educational funding in Illinois.

Powerball tickets are $2 each, and players have the option to add the Powerplay for an additional $1 for the chance to multiply non-jackpot prizes. Powerball drawings are held every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 9:59 pm (CT).

The Illinois Lottery reminds all players that lottery games are not for kids — never give a lottery ticket to a minor. For more information on how to play lottery games responsibly, please visit


  • All participants must be 18 years of age or older

  • An Illinois Lottery spokesperson will be available on-site

  • High-res images will be available after the event

  • The event will continue while supplies and quantities last


About the Illinois Lottery

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $24 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes. For more information, visit