Illinois Powerball sales suspended tonight

Illinois Powerball sales suspended tonight

If you're looking to buy Powerball tickets in IL, time may be running out. The lottery said Powerball sales accounted for $208 million in 2016, while Mega Millions sales accounted for $99 million in 2016. The game is the latest casualty of the state's budget stalemate. For the lucky winners of the IL lottery, big payments would be seriously delayed if IL enters its third year without a state budget.

Illinois Powerball and Mega Millions lottery games have been suspended because of the state's budget crisis.

There will also be a new victor payment policy starting Saturday, July 1 if funding is not approved by the Illinois General Assembly.

In 2015, a similar state budget crisis caused almost 3,900 lottery payouts totaling more than $112 million to be delayed, reported NBC News.

Other lottery games will still be played, but authorities said that payments for winnings more than $25,000 could be delayed.




Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $19 billion (since 1985) to the state's Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes, the agency said.

You may remember the IOUs the state sent out a few years ago to some lottery winners. Sales losses were estimated at around $70 million.

A lack of funding for the 2018 fiscal year will also stop the sale of Mega Millions tickets in IL effective Friday at 9:45 p.m.

The Illinois Lottery said players with winning tickets should not delay in claiming their current prizes.

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