Illinois Lottery Payments: Delays Lottery Payouts

Published: October 16, 2015

Illinois Lottery Payments: Delays Lottery Payouts, Illinois Lottery officials say payment for all winnings over $600 will be delayed due to the Illinois budget impasse.

The lottery’s check writing account is expected to be depleted as of Thursday and no authority can replenish it until a budget is passed, lottery officials said in a written statement. Lottery players who win $600 or less can still receive their prizes at retail locations.

The Illinois lottery began giving IOUs to big prizewinners in July, but the delay previously applied only to winnings over $25,000. Lottery officials have said that state law prohibited larger payouts because the legislature must authorize the state comptroller to cut the checks. The lottery has continued to sell tickets despite the delay in payments.

Two lottery winners whose payments were delayed last month filed a federal lawsuit against the Illinois Lottery, acting director B.R. Lane, its private management company Northstar Lottery Group and the Illinois Lottery Control Board. The suit is attempting to force the lottery to release prizes over $25,000 with interest and prevent the lottery from paying administrative and operational costs until winnings are released. The suit would prevent the sale of tickets for prizes over $25,000 until the money can be paid without delay.

“If I was the one selling raffle tickets and I didn’t pay, I would be sued or in jail or both,” Rhonda Rasche, one of the winners who filed the suit, previously told the Tribune.

Lottery officials say all outstanding winnings will be paid once a budget is passed in Springfield.

“Once the budget situation is resolved, this will be resolved as well,” lottery spokesman Steve Rossi said.

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