Powerball, Mega Millions to leave Illinois if no budget passed

A crowd gathers in front of the store that sold the winning $447.8 million Powerball ticket in Menifee Monday. Lottery officials say they still don’t know who bought the winning $447.8 million Powerball jackpot ticket from the Southern California liquo

Powerball, Mega Millions to leave Illinois if no budget passed

The Multi-State Lottery Association runs Powerball and says it's working closely with IL.

Lottery players will no longer be able to purchase Powerball or Mega Millions tickets in IL after the end of this month due to state lawmakers' inability to pass a budget, lottery officials said Thursday.

If Powerball and Mega Millions tickets aren't available in Illinois, Ms. Slininger said, those die-hard lottery players will go across the river to Iowa to buy their tickets.

A spokeswoman for the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs Powerball, declined to confirm that a decision had been made to end sales of that game.

"Customers want a one-stop shop, and if we can't offer Powerball and Mega Millions, they're going to go elsewhere", he said.

Officials say Powerball would be suspended after the June 28 drawing and Mega Millions after the June 30 drawing. The Little River victor missed the jackpot prize by one number, but was thrilled to win $200,000 from a number combination he said he's played for years.

According to the Sun-Times, Illinois reported $99 million in Mega Million sales and $208 million in Powerball sales previous year. It's unclear how much IL received.

"I think it's awful if we lose (Powerball & Mega Millions) in IL", he told KMOX News.

It has been two weeks since the Illinois General Assembly adjourned - and more than two years since lawmakers have reached a budget compromise. About 40 percent of each comes back to IL in revenue.

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