It said valid claims of more than $25,000 will experience a delay in payments due to the state comptroller's inability to make payments on behalf of the lottery without the state appropriation. If and when that fiscal 2018 appropriation is passed, sales for Mega Millions will resume as well, it said.
But at Route 3 Fuel & Liquor, a convenience store and gas station sitting on an industrial intersection on Illinois Route 3 right over the river from downtown St. Louis, one prediction is easy: As of Thursday, fewer customers will be coming in here to buy tickets.
If you win the lottery in IL, you might have to be patient before you will be able to get your money. The state has failed to pass a budget for two straight years.
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.
All other Illinois Lottery games will remain intact.
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The state is at risk of having its credit rating downgraded to "junk" status which would increase the cost of borrowing and refinancing existing debt. Senate Majority Leader John Cullerton said they were, "very close" to a budget plan that the Illinois House would like and that is aligned with the governor's plan, too.
It has $15 billion in unpaid bills and owes a quarter-trillion dollars to public employees.
IL merchants fear lottery players will go to Missouri as state suspends Powerball. "It's fairly obvious it's going to have an impact".
The state had suspended lottery payouts before, for several months in 2015, because of the budget impasse. Sales losses where estimated at around $70 million, said Schaumburg, the state lottery spokesman.