Recently, there has been a contest issued by Alla Wagner of Millarville, Alberta, Canada, where in lieu of selling her home (a difficult prospect at the present moment), valued approximately at $1.7 million CAD or $1.3 million USD, she is holding an essay-writing contest with an entry fee of $20.
While the property taxes in Alberta are more than manageable ($600 CAN a month!), they made a point of acknowledging that you'd probably want to check the federal and state taxes on prize winnings.
To that end, with regard to Illinois (my current state of residence) and United States tax law, how much would I be charged, say, if I were to receive this prize (an unlikely prospect, but still)? Or alternatively, who can I reasonably consult for accurate information on the matter (would consulting an attorney be expensive)?