For the last few months, buying a lottery ticket in Illinois has been a joke, as winners of jackpots over $600.00 have not been paid due to the budget impasse in Springfield.

No more I.O.U's! As of Monday afternoon, a compromise has been reached and lottery winners will now be paid.

WGN-TV is reporting that according to a statement issued from the Illinois lottery, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation allowing the lottery to give all winners their prizes.

The budget crisis in place stopped payouts of more than $600 to winners. The lottery said in a statement:

Winners who have already submitted claims will have their paperwork processed in the order it was received. The Lottery expects the processing of new claims to begin the week of December 14th.