Illinois Lottery Woes

DNA info reports that Mega Millions and Power Ball will no longer be available in Illinois due to the state’s continuing budget problems.

CHICAGO — Lottery players will soon be unable to buy Mega Millions or Powerball tickets in Illinois due to the state’s budget impasse, Illinois Lottery officials said Tuesday.

The multi-state lottery game organization warned earlier this month that it would pull out of Illinois if the state was unable to pass a budget by the end of the month.

The state’s lottery also said that any winners of prizes exceeding $25,000 “will experience a delay in payments for all games,” though didn’t elaborate on how long the delay may last.

On the other hand, in the City of Chicago, there really is a free lunch. Do you think these things might have some kind of relationship? Perhaps giving things away for free might create problems in a state’s budget?

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