Lawsuit: Illinois owes interest on delayed lottery payments
CHICAGO — Illinois lottery winners who weren’t paid because of the state’s budget impasse have filed a lawsuit contending they are owed interest accrued during the months winning tickets weren’t honored.
Thomas Zimmerman, attorney for the plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court, told the Chicago Tribune he estimates interest accrued on withheld lottery winnings to be about $1.5 million.
Lottery officials didn’t return a request Friday for comment.
Illinois stopped paying out winnings of more than $25,000 on July 1. A lawsuit was filed by lottery winners in September. In October, Illinois halted all payments on winnings of more than $600 .
Payments resumed in December after Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Democrats agreed to release $3.1 billion for municipal 911 centers and lottery winners.