Here we go Again, Illinois May Stop Paying Lottery Winners on July 1st
If you were lucky enough to win money playing the Illinois Lottery, you may want to redeem your tickets before July 1st, or you may have to wait a long time before getting paid.The reason, the lack of a budget in Illinois.
Illinois State Comptroller, Leslie Munger, said payouts will stop if a budget is not passed by June 30th.
You will recall back in September of 2015, when Illinois became a national laughingstock when it announced that due to the lack a budget budget, specifically, funds that were appropriated for lottery payouts, the Illinois Lottery stopped paying people who won over $25,000 in September 2015. To make matters worse, in October of last year, they stopped paying people who won as little as $600.
In December, a number of angry lottery winners filed lawsuits against the state which prompted lawmakers in Springfield to pass a law specifically appropriating $3.1 billion to pay the lottery winners and other projects. The lottery winners got paid, but here we go again. It's Groundhog Day in Illinois again.
My advice, if you have a winning lottery ticket of over $600.00 cash it in today, otherwise you may have to wait.