Powerball and Mega Millions are pulling out of Illinois effective tomorrow night because of the state budget crisis.
Powerball ticket sales will end after tomorrow night’s drawing. Mega Millions sales will stop on Friday night.
While the Illinois lottery will continue to hold drawings, anyone who wins more than $25,000 dollars will have their prize payments delayed.
Without a state budget, there’s no appropriation to pay the multi-state lottery agency that runs Powerball and Mega Millions.
There’s also no authorization to pay local lottery winners.
“Players should be confident knowing the Illinois Lottery has the money to pay these winning claims,” Illinois Lottery Acting Director Greg Smith said in a statement. “That means the General Assembly needs to approve a truly balanced budget that includes Lottery funding in order to ensure all prize payments will occur.”
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