Racing & Wagering

How To Cash Your Winning Ticket

How To Cash Your Winning Ticket

Expiration:
All winning tickets sold in the State of Illinois expire on December 31st of the year after they were issued. Therefore, all tickets sold in 2016 will expire on December 31, 2017 and all tickets sold in 2015 will expire on December 31, 2016. All winning tickets sold prior to January 1, 2015 have expired.

Cash at the Track or OTB:
The serial numbers of all winning tickets are retained in the tote system of the issuing facility until the Illinois host track responsible for those tickets purges them from the system. This purge is usually done 30 days after the close of the final race meet that track runs in a calendar year. Tickets hosted by Arlington will usually be purged mid October each year. Until the tickets are purged, you may cash your winning ticket at any wagering facility in Illinois that uses the same tote system that issued the ticket.

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Cash @ Arlington Park, Trackside Arlington Heights, or Any Other Trackside OTB

Cash @ Hawthorne, Maywood, Balmoral or ITP OTBs

Cash @ Fairmount or Fairmount OTBs

Arlington Park, Trackside Arlington Heights, Chicago, Waukegan, Aurora, Rockford, McHenry, Hodgkins, South Elgin, Villa Park, Orland Hills

Yes

No

No

Hawthorne, Maywood, Balmoral, Crestwood, Oakbrook Terrace, Prospect Heights, Bolingbrook, Joliet, Mokena, Corliss, Glendale Heights, Champaign, Normal, Niles, Elk Grove, North Aurora, Hoffman Estates, Lockport

No

Yes

No

Fairmount Park, Springfield, Alton, Sauget

No

No

Yes

Out of State

No

No

No

Can I Cash Tickets I Bought at Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Derby at Arlington?
No. Even though Arlington shares common ownership with Churchill Downs and Fair Grounds Race Course, tickets must always be cashed in the state in which they were issued. We cannot cash tickets purchased at Churchill Downs; these tickets must be mailed to the racetrack that issued them.

Cash by Mail:
Once the tickets have been purged from the tote system, you may cash them by mail. Tickets must be mailed to the host track responsible for those tickets, regardless of where you purchased them, and must be postmarked no later than December 31st of the year after they were purchased. Normal ticket processing time is two weeks, but because of holidays, racing schedules, and other issues, it can take up to four weeks to receive your check.

When mailing in winning tickets, always keep a copy for yourself, but you must send in the actual ticket. Usually regular US Mail is sufficient, but if the tickets are of a high value, you may wish to send them registered mail. Always include your name and address either on the back of the tickets, or somewhere inside the envelope. If we don’t know who you are, we can’t send you your winnings!

Which Track is the Host Track:
For tickets issued on races that are run before 6:30 PM, the host track is the Thoroughbred track running and for races run at 6:30 PM or later, the host track is the night harness track running that evening. Usually, afternoon tickets sold before Arlington opens in May, and after Arlington closes in September are hosted by Hawthorne. Arlington is the host from our May opening until our September closing. Arlington and Hawthorne share the host for the dark period of January – February.

Confused? Take a look at the chart below……

Illinois Host Track for the Calendar Year 2015:

Races run prior to 6:30 PM

Dates

Host (Mail tickets to...)

January 1, 2015 – January 3, 2015

Hawthorne

January 4, 2015 – January 26, 2015

Arlington

January 27, 2015 - April 26, 2015

Hawthorne

April 27, 2015 – September 30, 2015

Arlington

October 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015

Hawthorne (Includes Breeders Cup)

 Races run 6:30 PM or Later

Dates

Host (Mail tickets to...)

Jan. 1, 2014 - Dec. 31, 2014 (Sat-Wed)

Balmoral

Jan. 1, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2014 (Thu-Fri)

Maywood

Still confused?
If you send in your winning ticket to the wrong track, all Illinois tracks will forward your winning tickets to the correct host. This will, however, delay your processing, as the tickets must be logged in, and then forwarded.

Where Do I Mail Winning Tickets
Once you know who the host is, please mail your tickets to the appropriate address below.

Arlington International Racecourse
PO Box 7
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60006

Balmoral Park
26453 Dixie Highway
Crete, Illinois 60417

Hawthorne Race Course
3501 S. Laramie Ave.
Stickney, Illinois 60804

Maywood Park
8600 North Ave.
Melrose Park, Illinois 60160

Vouchers:
Uncashed wagering vouchers are treated a little bit differently than uncashed winning tickets, and it depends on where you got the voucher.

Arlington will honor any uncashed voucher issued by Arlington or any Trackside OTB, regardless of when it was issued. These vouchers are usually purged just after the Breeders' Cup in the fall of the year after they were issued. All 2015 vouchers are set to be purged in October 2016. Prior to purging, vouchers may be cashed at any window, just like tickets. After purging, they may be mailed into Arlington at the address above.

Vouchers issued by Hawthorne, Maywood, Balmoral, Fairmount, or any of their OTBs are treated as the policies of those establishments dictate. You may cash any of those vouchers prior to purging according to the cashing chart above, but as to when they are purged and how long they are valid; the issuing facility sets the policy.