After the authorities decided to cancel games due to a state budget crisis, lottery officials announced that it has resumed sales.
US.- Illinois Lottery officials announced that sales of the two popular games that were canceled late last month were resumed on Thursday. Powerball and Mega Millions were out of service as authorities discussed the financial hole in the state.
“The Illinois Lottery is pleased to announce that sales of Mega Millions have resumed, and players may purchase tickets at any of the Lottery’s nearly 8,000 retail partners, via our mobile app, or at IllinoisLottery.com. We appreciate the loyalty of our players and retail partners as we continue our mission to fund K-12 education,” said Greg Smith, acting director of the Illinois Lottery. Powerball and Mega Millions were unable to contribute to the prize pool without a budget in place, as Lottery Post said.
Lottery officials expect that with a new budget in place, the large-prize winners pays will be resumed. Whilst it looked like the agency had the money to make the payments, the House of Representatives decided to override the Governor’s veto on increasing state income taxes. As the news outlet confirmed, Illinois now has a budget plan for the first time in two years.