Illinois Lottery suspends Powerball, Mega Millions amid budget crisis

Powerball, Mega Millions To Be Suspended In Illinois Because Of Budget Woes

They managed to get revenues of more than $99 million through the Mega Million sales and Powerball business was much ahead of it with a total collection of $208 million.

Lawmakers are now meeting in a special session aimed at passing a budget before the current fiscal year ends on Friday, June 30.

IL merchants fear lottery players will go to Missouri as state suspends Powerball. Lottery officials say they have the money to make a payment, but that lawmakers need to pass a budget to ensure all prize payments will occur.

According to NBC, unless the lottery funding is approved by July 1, players who have won more than $25,000 will experience delays in payment.

IL lottery officials spoke to FOX 32 by phone, calling this a temporary change.

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Officials have already said that payouts over $25,000 will be delayed. The lottery had to delay paying the big winners in 2015 too.

Powerball ticket sales in IL will stop June 28 at 9 p.m. if state lawmakers fail to hammer out a budget before then. "The lottery is a goose that lays golden eggs to the tune of about $680 to $700 million a year to our revenue, and we're screwing around with it".

Without a budget, Powerball tickets sales will stop Wednesday night, and Mega Million sales will stop on Friday night.

The state of IL is dealing with a number of financial problems and does not have the money to pay jackpots more than $25,000.

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