(20 ILCS 1605/19)
(from Ch. 120, par. 1169)
The Department shall establish an appropriate period for the
claiming of prizes for each lottery game offered. Each claim period shall
be stated in game rules and written play
instructions issued by the Director in accordance with Section 7.1 of
this Act. Written play instructions shall be made available to all players
through sales agents licensed to sell game tickets or shares.
Prizes for lottery games which involve the purchase of a physical lottery
ticket may be claimed only by presentation of a valid winning lottery
ticket that matches validation records on file with the Lottery; no
claim may be honored which is based on the assertion that the ticket was
lost or stolen. No lottery ticket which has been altered, mutilated, or
fails to pass validation tests shall be deemed to be a winning ticket.
If no claim
is made for the money within the established claim period, the prize may
be included in the prize pool of such special drawing or drawings as the Department
may, from time to time, designate. Unclaimed
multi-state game prize money may be included in the multi-state
pool for such special drawing or drawings as the multi-state game directors
may, from time to time, designate. Any bonuses offered by the Department
to sales agents who sell winning tickets or shares shall be
payable to such agents regardless of whether or not the prize money on the
ticket or share is claimed, provided that the agent can be identified as
the vendor of the winning ticket or share, and
that the winning ticket or share was sold on or after January 1, 1984.
All unclaimed prize money not included in the prize pool of a special
drawing shall be transferred to the Common School Fund.
(Source: P.A. 97-464, eff. 10-15-11; 98-499, eff. 8-16-13.)