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DailyFinance: The 10 States That Pay Out the Biggest Lottery Jackpots

10. Illinois

Largest Jackpot: $363 million,(two-state lottery win shared with Michigan, 2000)
Prizes Paid: $1.23 billion
Ticket Sales: $2.1 billion
State Profit From Sales: $625 million
Government Use: K-12 Education, veterans benefits, multiple sclerosis research

The Illinois Lottery has been in operation since 1972, but for the first 13 years, its profits went directly into state's general budget. Since 1985, revenues from the lottery have been earmarked, with $15.48 billion -- the vast majority of the total state profits -- going specifically to K-12 education, although smaller sums have been diverted to other projects over the years. For example, the Illinois Veterans Assistance Fund has received $7.24 million and the "Ticket for the Cure Fund" received $6.8 million.

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

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