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Illinois lottery winners' checks bounced

Illinois LotteryIllinois Lottery: Illinois lottery winners' checks bounced

Includes audio report


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 5 years ago by jump6702.
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weshar75's avatar - Lottery-042.jpg
Mcminnville, Oregon
United States
Member #3013
December 13, 2003
3279 Posts
Posted: January 6, 2012, 5:26 pm - IP Logged

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

    dk1421's avatar - Lottery-024.jpg
    North Carolina
    United States
    Member #64582
    September 1, 2008
    348 Posts
    Posted: January 6, 2012, 5:31 pm - IP Logged

    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 #47420
      November 4, 2006
      3930 Posts
      Posted: January 6, 2012, 5:56 pm - IP Logged

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

                                                                Pure luck

        United States
        Member #32652
        February 14, 2006
        7486 Posts
        Posted: January 6, 2012, 6:06 pm - IP Logged

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

          LottoGuyBC's avatar - Lottery-050.jpg
          British Columbia
          Member #116101
          September 4, 2011
          4033 Posts
          Posted: January 6, 2012, 7:08 pm - IP Logged

          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 #66141
            October 16, 2008
            1700 Posts
            Posted: January 6, 2012, 7:14 pm - IP Logged

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

              Cletu$2's avatar - Lottery-050.jpg
              United States
              Member #120504
              December 21, 2011
              534 Posts
              Posted: January 6, 2012, 7:32 pm - IP Logged

              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
                5202 Posts
                Posted: January 6, 2012, 7:58 pm - IP Logged

                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 #49731
                  February 12, 2007
                  922 Posts
                  Posted: January 7, 2012, 8:30 am - IP Logged

                  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 all the HOPE and CHANGE I desire!!!  NOW give me MONEY!US Flag

                  The guy who won the presidency in 2008 really won the lottery...he is now millions richer, travels in first class style, and even has a staff that would be the envy of the richest Powerball winner (she has a staff of 2). Every night he goes to sleep, he probably plays the close of Dave Chappelle's Show: I'm rich beyatch!

                    surimaribo24's avatar - photo11 zpsfffd70be.jpg
                    NEW YORK. RIVERHEAD
                    United States
                    Member #106371
                    February 17, 2011
                    9712 Posts
                    Posted: January 7, 2012, 4:47 pm - IP Logged

                    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
                      Posted: January 7, 2012, 5:12 pm - IP Logged

                      ... 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 #48725
                        January 7, 2007
                        1958 Posts
                        Posted: January 7, 2012, 6:40 pm - IP Logged

                        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 #24503
                          October 23, 2005
                          159 Posts
                          Posted: January 8, 2012, 5:27 am - IP Logged

                          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 #81740
                            October 28, 2009
                            46034 Posts
                            Posted: January 8, 2012, 9:33 am - IP Logged

                            Yikes, think they need to train their employees better.