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Illinois lottery players may lose Powerball and Mega Millions at the end of June

Jun 15, 2017, 3:52 pm

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Legislation's refusal to deliver balanced budget threatens to cut off popular multi-state games

The association that runs the popular Powerball lottery and Mega Millions games will drop Illinois at the end of June without a budget agreement.

Concern over the state of Illinois' fiscal condition prompted that decision by the Multi-State Lottery Association, according to internal Illinois Lottery communications.

Illinois Lottery spokesman Jason Schaumburg on Thursday morning confirmed that the games will be dropped without a state budget. He said the association has had discussions since 2015 about dropping Illinois, but this is the first time the group has taken action.

He called it "another example of why the General Assembly needs to deliver a balanced budget to the governor."

"Its unfortunate. 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."

The state reported $99.4 million in Mega Millions sales and $208 million in Powerball sales within the 2016 budget year. It's unclear how much revenue the state got from the sale of those tickets.

The Multi-State Lottery Association is a non-profit, government-benefit association owned and operated by its 36 member lotteries. All profits are retained by the state lottery and are used to fund projects approved by the state legislatures, according to the association. The Illinois Lottery isn't part of the association.

Powerball is offered in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mega Millions is offered in 44 states, along with the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Shaneen Murray, a Woodlawn resident, said taking away the temptation of some of the high-profile lottery games is "not necessarily a terrible thing."

"Maybe people can save money, or put their money toward something better," she said.

Thanks to John L. for the tip.

Sun Times, Lottery Post Staff

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If they lose PB and MM, they will riot. 


    Germany
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    Good, if they don't pay out they shouödn't sell.

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      Chasing $ Millions.
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      There will be a string of cars heading to border States who do sell PB & MM. Kinda reminds one of the scene in " Fields of Dreams " where Mann* James Earl Jones says " People will come Ray, they will come to Iowa for reasons they can't even fathom".. in their cases for lottery tickets.

       * Voice of Reason *   

       

      People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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        The state games have better odds.  It's true

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          No Pity!serves them right Lurking

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            There's always Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, and Indiana to provide these games for Illinois residents. Even for someone who lives in the middle of the state, Town of Chesnut, they will be no more than 100 miles away from the nearest out-of-state lottery retailer. It might be a hassle to make the drive or Uber, but at least it will be an excuse to go on a trip for a chance to win big on a record breaking jackpot and play another game that will actually payout. 

            If you're an Illinois resident, it's probably time to download Lottery Places and find that closest out-of-state lottery retailer.

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              SMH...

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              *If you live in IL and want legal regulated online poker... Click on me
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              How much money could Illinois make from regulated iGaming? Click on me

              *If you live in Michigan and want legal regulated online poker... Click on me

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                md
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                Their failure to get an agreement and lose these 2 games state wide will serve as an example to other states how not to be stupid. The governor needs to step in with an executive order to separate this out temporarily. The lost of funds will teach them a lesson.

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                    Their failure to get an agreement and lose these 2 games state wide will serve as an example to other states how not to be stupid. The governor needs to step in with an executive order to separate this out temporarily. The lost of funds will teach them a lesson.

                    I like your example.  Look at what has happened here in Philadelphia with the soda tax.  It's not going to where it's supposed to be.  In fact they passed the bill without the consent of city residents so what does that say.

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                      Indiana lets winners remain anonymous, sounds good to me.

                      But I do wonder if any states have been dropped before.

                      Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any. So many systems, so many theories, so few jackpot winners. 

                      Lep

                      There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                        I Agree!

                        In the once grand Land of Lincoln, the pervasive political/fiscal corruption in leadership is leading Chicago & the State into potential bankruptcy-

                        So sad, so bad, sorry for the good citizens who deserve better Unhappy

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                          I'll be sad to see Illinois go, but I'll be happy they'll be saving money!

                          I hope that one $2 ticket is the only one that matches all 5 numbers plus the PB to win the largest PB jackpot in United States history of over $2 Billion Dollars! I hope that one $2 ticket is the only one that matches all 5 numbers plus the Mega Ball to win the largest Mega Millions jackpot in United States history of over $2 Billion Dollars!


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                            I'll be sad to see Illinois go, but I'll be happy they'll be saving money!

                            Though jackpots will rise slower then.