Cold: Illinois lottery suspends payouts while state has no budget

Cold: Illinois lottery suspends payouts while state has no budget
(Reuters/Rick Wilking)

Winners of the Illinois lottery are being forced to wait for their money, because state lawmakers haven’t passed a budget and so lottery officials don’t have legal authority to do payouts.

Jackpots of at least $25,000 have been put off for the foreseeable future, according to lottery spokesman Stephen Rossi.

Illinois is grappling with a serious fiscal crunch.

“Due to the ongoing budget situation in Springfield, some lottery winner payments have been delayed,” he said. …

He said that anyone with a prize of $600 or less can cash it in at a retailer. Prizes ranging from $601 to $25,000 can be redeemed at lottery claims centers.

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