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Illinois Offers No Guarantee That It Will Make Lottery Payments, Says Chicagoan in News Story on State’s Budget Woes

Illinois Offers No Guarantee That It Will Make Lottery Payments, Says Chicagoan in News Story on State’s Budget Woes

“Powerball was the only thing that I would buy, because I knew that it would pay out,” said Anthony Martinez, who lives in the Logan Square neighborhood. “With the Illinois budget crisis, it’s not a guarantee that Illinois’ going to actually pay out on your lottery winnings.” That person-on-the-street comment appeared in an article headlined, “Powerball, Mega Millions to drop Illinois due to state’s budget crisis” that ran in the Chicago Sun-Times last week. For more about the Illinois lottery’s troubles making payments,…

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Illinois Lottery Winners Lose In Court Over State’s Failure to Make Payments

Illinois Lottery Winners Lose In Court Over State’s Failure to Make Payments

A federal court ruled this week that the state of Illinois is immune from claims filed in a lawsuit by lottery winners who have not received recent payments from their winnings. Illinois earlier this year stopped paying lottery payments to winners, due to the fact that the state failed to adopt a budget for the coming year. As a result, many Illinois lottery winners have been unable to collect their winnings.   The state was sued by those winners, and the…

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