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Powerball ticket sales end tonight, Mega Millions on Friday, due to state budget crisis

If you ever dreamed of winning the Powerball or Mega Millions jackpots, your already slim chances are running out of time.

Tickets for the two games won't be sold in Illinois after this week due to the budget crisis.

Powerball ticket sales will end at 9 p.m. on Wednesday. The drawing will take place at 9:59 p.m. It's worth $92 million.

Mega Millions ticket sales will end at 9:45 p.m. on Friday.

This is expected to hurt state revenue. More than $19 billion has gone into K-12 education through lottery revenues.

While other lottery games will continue, anyone who wins more than $25,000 dollars will see their payments delayed.

Lawmakers have until Friday to strike a budget deal before the special session ends.

Without a state budget, there's no appropriation to pay the multi-state lottery agency that runs Powerball and Mega Millions.

There’s also no authorization to pay local lottery winners.

“Players should be confident knowing the Illinois Lottery has the money to pay these winning claims,” Illinois Lottery Acting Director Greg Smith said in a statement. “That means the General Assembly needs to approve a truly balanced budget that includes Lottery funding in order to ensure all prize payments will occur.”

 

Here is what the suspension of ticket sales means for Powerball: 

  • Powerball sales in Illinois will be suspended at 9:00 p.m. June 28, 2017.
  • All Powerball tickets purchased before that cut-off time will be valid tickets.
  • All active Powerball subscriptions will be cancelled after the last draw on June 28. The Lottery will issue refunds to players for the remaining length of their subscriptions.
  • When a Fiscal Year 2018 appropriation for the Illinois Lottery is passed, the Lottery will work with the Multi-State Lottery Association to determine a path for the return of Powerball sales. The timing is unknown.
  • No other Illinois Lottery games will be suspended.

 

Here is what the suspension of ticket sales means for Mega Millions: 

  • Mega Millions sales in Illinois will be suspended at 9:45 p.m. June 30, 2017.
  • All Mega Millions tickets purchased before that cut-off time will be valid tickets.
  • All active Mega Millions subscriptions will be cancelled after the last draw on June 30. The Lottery will issue refunds to players for the remaining length of their subscriptions.
  • When a Fiscal Year 2018 appropriation for the Illinois Lottery is passed, sales for Mega Millions will resume.
  • No other Illinois Lottery games will be suspended.

 

More details on prize payment

  • Players should not delay claiming a winning ticket.
  • Valid claims of more than $25,000 will experience a delay in payments due to the Comptroller’s inability to make payments on behalf of the Lottery without an appropriation.
  • Players with valid claims of any amount who owe money to the state (via an “offset”) will experience a delay in payments due to the Comptroller’s inability to make payments on behalf of the Lottery without an appropriation.
  • At this time, the Illinois Lottery will continue to pay valid claims of $25,000 or less at any of the five Lottery Prize Centers located throughout Illinois – Chicago, Des Plaines, Fairview Heights, Rockford and Springfield.
  • Prizes of $600 or less will continue to be paid at the Lottery’s nearly 8,000 retail partners.