Without budget, Wednesday's Powerball final one for IL lotto players

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

If there is no budget deal, Powerball tickets sales in IL will stop on Wednesday night; Mega Million sales will stop Friday night in IL. The government and the republic governor need to get into an agreement before 1st July or else this would be the third year in a row when there has been no agreement in relation to the finances of the state.

Recently, the Illinois Lottery announced they'll be suspending sales on Powerball and Mega Millions tickets because of the lack of a state budget. The timing is unknown.

The state lottery requires a payment from the legislature each year. All Mega Millions tickets bought before the cut-off time will be valid.

"Players should be confident knowing the Illinois Lottery has the money to pay these winning claims", Smith said.

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According to the Chicago Tribune, lottery officials have expressed frustration in that, once the lottery regains authority to pay out prizes, it could be harder to start reselling tickets.

"The last time [lottery sales were suspended], the border communities lost 42 percent of their lottery sales, and it took them five or six months before they ever got 90 percent of them back", Fleischli said. "They're real disappointed that IL is canceling their lottery but that's OK, we'll bring them here".

If a budget is passed, ticket sales for Mega Millions will resume. IL has suffered the similar situation in 2015 when the budget appropriation for 2016 was not announced and there were more than 3900 valid winning claims on hold to be paid off.

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