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Illinois lottery winners' checks bounced

Jan 6, 2012, 5:21 pm

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CHICAGO, Ill. — Eighty-five Illinois Lottery winners last week probably thought they were lucky — until they tried to cash in their winnings, that is.


Their checks, totaling $159,000 in lottery winnings, were no good.


Two days after Christmas, Maureen Furio of Lake Zurich bought an instant scratch-off ticket and won $1000. The next day, she got a check from the lottery.


"I deposited it the same day and went ahead and paid some extra Christmas bills," Furio says. "And Jan. 3, it bounced."


"Not bounced ... returned," says Mike Lang, spokesman for the Illinois Lottery. He says lottery officials failed to key in the required security verification on the checks issued on Dec. 28.


"We apologize for the inconvenience that these players have incurred," Lang says.


Lang says Furio and the 84 other winners who tried to get their winnings but couldn't can re-submit the checks. He says the state lottery will reimburse them for any bank fees.


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21 comments. Last comment 11 years ago by jump6702.
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weshar75's avatar - Lottery-042.jpg
Mcminnville, Oregon
United States
Member #3013
December 13, 2003
5834 Posts

That has to suck bounced checks what a bummer!-weshar75

    dk1421's avatar - Lottery-024.jpg
    North Carolina
    United States
    Member #64580
    September 1, 2008
    349 Posts

    Wow - not cool! But - at least they are willing to pay for any bounced fees. That's a decent thing to do!

    "Don't be a schmuck, always take the cash." -Coin Toss

      tiggs95's avatar - Lottery-036.jpg

      United States
      Member #47419
      November 4, 2006
      3930 Posts

      Hint....If you live in Ill get your winnings in cash no matter how much it is...

                                                                Pure luck

        United States
        Member #32651
        February 14, 2006
        9679 Posts

        Didn't the Illinois state government just sell the Illinois Lottery to a private corporation?

          LottoGuyBC's avatar - Lottery-050.jpg
          British Columbia
          Member #116096
          September 4, 2011
          4034 Posts

          kinda scary Thud

          I'll take cash money White Bounce

          "You have to be in it to win it!"

            dpoly1's avatar - driver
            United States
            Member #66139
            October 16, 2008
            1998 Posts

            I know something from IL that I would like to return! :$

              Cletu$2's avatar - Lottery-050.jpg
              United States
              Member #120498
              December 21, 2011
              534 Posts

              I've always had trouble cashing instant lottery tickets (over $100) in Illinois.I used to play Mega Millions in Illinois.I'm glad that I never had the problem that these folks had.Oh,that's right,you have to win before it's a problem.~;)

                psykomo's avatar - animal shark.jpg

                United States
                Member #4877
                May 30, 2004
                5289 Posts

                kinda scary Thud

                I'll take cash money White Bounce

                KINDA SCARY>>>U got that "RIGHT "Banana


                  OldSchoolPa's avatar - Lottery-057.jpg
                  Gurnee, Illinois
                  United States
                  Member #49729
                  February 12, 2007
                  951 Posts

                  kinda scary Thud

                  I'll take cash money White Bounce

                  Not really.  The problem wasn't that the Illinois Lottery didn't have the funds to pay the prizes (now that would be scary). It was simply an administrative or procedural requirement that hadn't been performed that was necessary for these checks to be honored by the receiving financial institution.  Jackpot winners don't have this to worry about since the proceeds are wired to specified bank accounts.  Non story really as I am sure the Illinois Lottery had proactively contacted all affected after this was first discovered.

                  And no, I don't work for the lottery...hell I want to win a jackpot one day though I know working as the head of any lottery is the equivalent of winning the lottery!

                  Get MONEY!!! Winning a JACKPOT lottery is one  MIRACLE I desire for 2019!!!  NOW come to my subconscious mind you 6 winning numbers!US Flag

                    surimaribo24's avatar - photo11 zpsfffd70be.jpg
                    NEW YORK. RIVERHEAD
                    United States
                    Member #106366
                    February 17, 2011
                    9716 Posts

                    looks like the lottery administrative had some jackdaniels going while processing the checks for the winnersBig Grin


                      time*treat's avatar - radar

                      United States
                      Member #13130
                      March 30, 2005
                      2171 Posts

                      ... in case there was any doubt remaining about cash vs annuity ...

                      In neo-conned Amerika, bank robs you.
                      Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms should be the name of a convenience store, not a govnoment agency.

                        Guru101's avatar - rw6jhh
                        United States
                        Member #48723
                        January 7, 2007
                        1961 Posts

                        This is why I don't spend the money as soon as I deposit it. I always wait until the check clears.

                        Gonna win.Big Smile


                          United States
                          Member #24502
                          October 23, 2005
                          159 Posts

                          This is why I don't spend the money as soon as I deposit it. I always wait until the check clears.

                          Amen.  And even then, you have to be careful.   The check can clear, and then be pulled back a month later, two months, three, after an investigation.  As for the state paying for bounced check fees, are they are also going to make sure that the chex systems reports of all affected parties are wiped clean?  You never know.   I'm not sure how that works, but I wouldn't want someone to get on a company's 'List' because the state bounced a check, and it caused a cascading effect.

                          Also, I can't believe the cheek of that man trying to play word games: returned not bounced.  Please!

                            sully16's avatar - sharan
                            United States
                            Member #81738
                            October 28, 2009
                            101651 Posts

                            Yikes, think they need to train their employees better.

                            Happy National Lazy Day. Bed