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PONTIAC — A television production company visited portions of Livingston and McLean counties Thursday and Friday to film footage for an upcoming commercial for the Illinois State Lottery.

In Livingston County, much of the footage centered on Route 66 historical markers, said Pontiac tourism director Ellie Alexander.

“They came in about a week beforehand and scouted a few different areas,” Alexander said. “They came back Thursday morning, shot their scenes and then left.”

Footage included the Route 66 shield found on the back of the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum and the Roszell’s Soda Fountain Mural, both on the rear of the Route 66 Hall of Fame Museum.

The crew also shot scenes in Odell and Dwight, and had plans to visit Bloomington, Normal, Shirley, Funks Grove and Springfield.

“Their idea is to have a giant lottery ball starting in Chicago and rolling its way down to Springfield,” Alexander said. “Along the way, it passes several Illinois historical sites and we are proud to be included.”

The commercial is expected to begin airing the week of Jan. 16.

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