Illinois Lottery

Illinois Lottery back online following ‘down for maintenance' message

The website appeared down as early as 6:30 a.m. Thursday

Many Illinois Lottery and Powerball players had to wait a bit longer to see if they scored any winnings Thursday morning as the Illinois Lottery website was down.

As of 6:30 a.m. Thursday, the following message appeared on the Illinois Lottery website:

"Thank you for your patience. Our website is currently down for maintenance and will be back up shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please check back soon."

Screenshot of the Illinois Lottery website at 7 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7

The same message appeared on the Illinois Lottery app.

By 8 a.m., the website appeared to be back up.

Results of all Illinois Lottery games, including Powerball, are posted shortly after drawings under the site's "Results" tab. Wednesday's Powerball numbers, with a jackpot worth $461,00,000, were 9, 14, 20, 23, 63 with a Powerball of 1, according to

According to, no one hit the jackpot, which now rises to $500 million ahead of Saturday's drawing.

The Illinois Lottery did not immediately respond to NBC Chicago's request for comment.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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