Illinois Lottery Modifies Payment Policy

Illinois Lottery Modifies Payment Policy

"The General Assembly needs to approve a truly balanced budget that includes Lottery funding in order to ensure all prize payments will occur", said Greg Smith, the acting director of the Illinois Lottery, in a statement.

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

Wednesday's Powerball drawing could be the last for a while in IL, which is operating in a budget void as the state's financial woes swell. All Powerball tickets bought before the cut-off time will be valid.

Lotto managers in the state are suspending sales as of 9 p.m.

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The Illinois Lottery says players should try to claim winning tickets as soon as possible.

In addition, IL lawmakers created a bill that would open a program for online lottery ticket sales to people 18 years old or older.

The Illinois Lottery announced Tuesday that, without a budget or any special legislation, it won't be able to pay anyone winning $25,000 or more come July 1.

Ticket sales of Mega Millions, with a current jackpot of $145 million, will be suspended across the state at 9:45 p.m. Friday.

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State lottery officials announced Tuesday that if IL doesn't reach a deal to fund the government by the start of the fiscal year on July 1, it won't be able to make payments on time to those who win more than $25,000. WHAT THIS MEANS FOR MEGA MILLIONS- Players should not delay claiming a winning ticket.

-All active Powerball subscriptions will be cancelled after the last draw on June 28. Within a month of receiving an appropriation of funding for prizes, all valid claims were paid to winners. The lottery will issue refunds to players for the remaining length of their subscriptions. The timing is unknown.

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

-Players with valid claims of any amount who owe money to the state (via an "offset') will experience a delay in payments due to the Comptroller's inability to make payments on behalf of the Lottery without an appropriation".

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All prizes under $25,000 will continue to be paid. 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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