Lottery may suspend Powerball, Mega Millions

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

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

The temporary change, announced Tuesday, will take effect Saturday "should funding for Lottery prizes not be approved by the General Assembly".

The Illinois Lottery is announcing a temporary change in its victor payment policy effective July 1.

IL state lawmakers haven't passed a budget for two straight years.

Tickets bought before the cutoff times will be honored.

In a statement, Illinois Lottery Acting Director Greg Smith said, "Players should be confident knowing the Illinois Lottery has the money to pay these winning claims".

No other Illinois Lottery games will be suspended.

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The following is a breakdown of what this means for the Powerball and Mega Millions lottery games and for prize payments themselves.

The state could stop holding Powerball and Mega Millions drawings if a budget plan isn't reached by the end of June.

-All active Powerball subscriptions will be cancelled after the last draw on June 28.

The lack of funding will also result in the suspension of Powerball sales in IL beginning at 9 p.m. June 28, and Mega Millions sales effective 9:45 p.m. on June 30.

State Rep. David Harris, R-Mount Prospect, called the Illinois Lottery mess "the height of political stupidity", while trying to encourage lawmakers to come up with a bill to grant the state appropriations authority to pay winners.

"If there is no spending authority and the player wins a jackpot in IL the money from that jackpot will be sent to IL, the funds will just exist just like other Lottery prize win, but no check can be written because the comptroller does not have the authority to do it", Smiths said. All winners received their money within a month of that date.

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The Multi-State Lottery Association has made a decision to suspend sales of the lotto tickets in IL due to a lack of a state budget. The timing is unknown. It would cover Lotto, Powerball and Mega Millions games.

-All active Mega Millions subscriptions will be cancelled after the last draw on June 30.

Players with winnings of over $25,000 will have to wait.

-Valid claims of more than $25,000 will experience a delay in payments due to the Comptroller's inability to make payments on behalf of the Lottery without an appropriation.

Valid claims of more than $25,000 will experience a delay in payments due to the Comptroller's inability to make payments on behalf of the Lottery without an appropriation. Winners of $600 or less can continue to cash out at the state's almost 8,000 retailers, according to the lottery.

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