Illinois lottery winners getting IOUs thanks to budget crisis

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Illinois Lottery WInners Getting IOUs Thanks To Budget Crisis

The Illinois government is issuing IOU's to lottery winners and to no one's surprise — everyone is angry.

Starting this week, anyone in the state who wins more than $600 will have to sit back and wait for their winnings.

Since July, the state hasn't paid players who've won $25,000 or more. Now that limit has jumped down to 600.

The lotto says it has the money to pay the winnings, but the lack of a state budget means the comptroller, Leslie Munger, has no legal authority to issue checks.

The state says once a budget in passed all claims will be paid but it's unclear when that will be. In the meantime, dozens of winners are suing the state. One lawsuit alleges that the state owes more than $288 million in prizes.

But the backed up budget is causing a bit more serious issues. The state is having to delay pension payments and there's a possibility of a shorter school year if things don't get figured out soon.

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Illinois lottery winners getting IOUs thanks to budget crisis

$390 million (Mega Millions)


March 6, 2007
Winning tickets sold in Georgia and New Jersey

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$399.4 million (Powerball)


Sept. 18, 2013
Winning ticket sold in South Carolina

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$414 million (Mega Millions)

Raymond Moyer and Robyn Collier

March 18, 2014
Winning tickets sold in Maryland and Florida

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$425.4 million (Powerball)

B. Raymond Buxton

Feb. 19, 2014
Winning ticket sold in California

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$448.4 million (Powerball)

Paul White, "Ocean's 16" group & Mario Scarnici

Aug. 7, 2013
Winning tickets sold in New Jersey (2) and Minnesota.

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$564.1 million (Powerball)

Marie Holmes, TL Management Trust & Anonymous

Feb. 11, 2015
Winning tickets sold in Texas, North Carolina and Puerto Rico

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$587.5 million (Powerball) 

Cindy and Mark Hill

Nov. 28, 2012
Winning tickets sold in Missouri and Arizona

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$590.5 million (Powerball)

Gloria C. Mackenzie

May 18, 2013
Winning ticket sold in Florida

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$648 million (Mega Millions)

Ira Curry & Steve Tran

Dec. 17, 2013
Winning tickets sold in Georgia and California

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$656 million (Mega Millions)

Merle and Patricia Butler & "The Three Amigos"

March 30, 2012
Winning tickets sold in Maryland, Illinois and Kansas

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