* As if getting kicked out of the Powerball and Mega Millions wasn’t enough…
If you win more than $25,000 in the Illinois Lottery after July 1, don’t expect to take home your winnings right away.
The Illinois Lottery said the lack of funding due to the state budget crisis will cause a delay in the payment of lottery winnings. In 2015, a similar situation caused by a lack of appropriations held up more than $112 million in lottery claims.
“Players should be confident knowing the Illinois Lottery has the money to pay these winning claims,” Illinois Lottery Acting Director Greg Smith said. “That means the General Assembly needs to approve a truly balanced budget that includes Lottery funding in order to ensure all prize payments will occur.”
Small prizes of $600 or less will continue to be paid normally.