Powerball, Mega Millions to leave Illinois if no budget passed

CHICAGO — A published report says the multi-state lottery association overseeing Powerball and Mega Millions games will dump Illinois by the end of June if the state doesn’t end its budget impasse.

Illinois Lottery spokesman Jason Schaumburg tells WGN it’s another example of why Illinois needs a budget.

“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,” Schaumburg said in a statement. “This is why it’s so critical the General Assembly deliver a balanced budget to the governor’s desk that he can sign.”

The budget stalemate could enter a third year if lawmakers don’t reach agreement by July 1. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats controlling the Legislature have been deadlocked since 2015.

The Chicago Sun-Times says Illinois reported $99 million in Mega Millions sales and $208 million in Powerball sales in 2016. It’s unclear how much Illinois received.

The games are offered in 44 states.

Schaumburg and the Multi-State Lottery Association didn’t immediately return messages from The Associated Press.