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Mega Millions Ticket Sales to Be Dropped in Illinois

Mega Millions Ticket Sales to Be Dropped in Illinois

Lottery officials in Illinois confirmed last week that ticket sales for the popular Mega Millions multi-state lottery may be suspended due to budget concerns. Mega Millions has been available to lottery players in Illinois since 1996 and, if the state is not able to pass a budget before June 28th, players will have to cross state lines to purchase a ticket. 

Concerns over the budget began in August 2015 when the comptroller’s office was not able to pay winnings over $25,000 and, four weeks later, Illinois Lottery officials stated that they would not pay out prizes until a budget had been passed by the government. In December 2015, a temporary solution was agreed. However, in 2017, Illinois’ fiscal situation remains unstable and there is a real possibility that players will miss out on Mega Millions and Powerball the situation is not resolved before the end of the month.

Illinois Lottery officials have stated on their website that: “The groups that own and operate these two popular games will not permit Illinois to sell the games without funds available to pay prizes.”

Illinois Lottery Director Greg Smith also added: "It is disappointing that the Legislature's inability to pass a budget has led to this development and will result in Illinois Lottery players being denied the opportunity to play these popular games. This is why it's so critical the General Assembly deliver a balanced budget to the governor's desk that he can sign." 

Fans of the lottery game have taken to social media to express their dismay over the recent news. Even though a decision has yet to be reached, Prairie State players can join with the rest of the country to take part in Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing, when the jackpot is worth an estimated $123 Million. 

Tickets are available from authorized retailers or players can choose their numbers online. You can also stay up to date with the latest Mega Millions game changes by following @MegaMillionsUS on Twitter. Good luck! 

Page Last Updated: 05/07/2017 16:16:25