Chicago, Ill. – Illinois could lose millions of dollars in lottery ticket sales if a state budget is not passed soon.
The Multi-State Lottery Association is planning to drop Illinois as a sales location for the Powerball and Mega Millions games at the end of the month. The move is due to the state’s fiscal uncertainly without a budget.
The Acting Director of the Illinois Lottery, Greg Smith, confirmed this move will happen and says it is one of the many reasons Illinois needs a budget now.
“It is disappointing that the Legislature’s inability to pass a budget has led to this development and will result in Illinois Lottery players being denied the opportunity to play these popular games. This is why it’s so critical the General Assembly deliver a balanced budget to the governor’s desk that he can sign,” said Smith.
The state reported $208-million in Powerball sales and nearly $100-million in Mega Millions sales last fiscal year. It is not known how much money the state got to keep.