By Todd Northrop
CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Thursday night signed a bill giving the Illinois Lottery legal authority to continue all prize payouts if a budget deal is not reached.
"By passing SB 2047, Governor Rauner and the General Assembly are ensuring that the Illinois Lottery can continue its mission of supporting K-12 education, capital projects and select charitable causes throughout Illinois," said Acting Director Tim McDevitt.
On December 7, 2015, Governor Rauner signed SB 2039 which provided the legal authority for the Lottery to pay its winners in absence of a budget. But that bill had a sunset clause, expiring the authority to pay winners on June 30th.
Last night's bill signing allows all valid claims to continue to be honored.
Winning tickets can be claimed at any of the five Illinois Lottery Claim Centers located in Chicago, Des Plaines, Rockford, Fairview Heights, and Springfield.
Prizes $600 and under can continue to be claimed at any Lottery retailer across Illinois.