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.