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The Illinois Lottery will resume paying out big prizes, thanks to a partial budget just signed into law. 

But that won't be enough to end a class-action lawsuit.

The jackpot's been out of reach, even for Lottery players lucky enough to win $600 or more. Illinois suspended paying larger prizes because, without a budget, it didn't have the legal authority to do so.

Now the winners' wait is coming to an end.

Illinois Lottery Ticket Sales Plunge After Payout Delay

Nov 12, 2015
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Illinois Lottery ticket sales have plummeted since lottery officials announced delaying payouts over $600 because of the state budget impasse. 

Data obtained by The Associated Press through a public information request show that gross sales in October were the lowest yet in 2015. Sales include instant and Powerball tickets.  

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More Illinois Lottery prizewinners won't be able to reap their rewards immediately. The Lottery says claims will be paid only once a budget is passed.

The Illinois Lottery website has a press release, dated Aug. 13, 2015. It quotes Homer Glen resident Rhonda Rasche, who'd won $50,000 on a Crossword ticket, exclaiming "This is amazing! I can't believe it's happening to me!"

Rasche is still waiting on the cash, and is suing the state to get it.

Illinois Lottery Winners File Lawsuit Over Halted Payments

Sep 9, 2015
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Two lottery winners have filed a federal lawsuit against the Illinois Lottery, which stopped paying out large prizes because there's no state budget. 

The lawsuit filed Wednesday by Rhonda Rasche and Danny Chasteen seeks class action status. 

Rasche is awaiting a $50,000 payout. Chasteen won $250,000.  

Last month the state comptroller's office said that without a budget for the July 1 fiscal year, there wasn't authority to write checks over $25,000 and payments would be delayed.  

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The Illinois Lottery’s contract with a private management company is over. State officials announced Tuesday evening the contract with Northstar Lottery Group has been formally terminated.

Quinn Seeks End To Illinois Lottery Contract

Aug 15, 2014
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Governor Pat Quinn is working to end the contract with the private manager that runs the Illinois Lottery seven years ahead of schedule.

Lottery Dollars for Education

Apr 3, 2012


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