Multi-State Lottery Games Could Go Away Because of Budget Crisis

Jun 15, 2017

The Powerball and Mega Millions lottery games could be another casualty of Illinois' budget impasse.

The association that runs the Powerball and Mega Millions says it’ll drop those games if Illinois doesn’t pass a budget by the end of the month.

No budget means the state wouldn’t be able to appropriate funds for prizes in fiscal year 2018 which begins July 1st.

 

It would be the first time sales of those games would be suspended.

 

In a statement, Illinois Lottery Acting Director Greg Smith is calling on the General Assembly to send a balanced budget that the governor can sign so residents aren’t denied those games.

 

According to a spokesman for the Illinois Lottery, in 2016, Powerball sales totaled 208 million dollars and the Mega Millions made 99-million dollars.

 

And forty percent of each comes back in state revenue.