IL doesn't have enough money in its state budget to continue operating Powerball and Mega Millions lottery games, state authorities announced.
Powerball and Mega Million tickets purchased before the suspensions remain valid.
Avid Powerball player Dwayne Sharp is frustrated the lack of a budget has led to this.
Smaller drawings will continue, but anyone who wins more than $25,000 will have their prize payments delayed.
The Illinois Lottery is suspending ticket sales at 9pm tonight because of the budget situation.
MADISON, IL_ The ongoing budget battle in IL has led to the suspension of two big lottery games.
Rating agency Standard & Poor's has said it will probably give the state a "junk" credit rating if the state does not reach a solution by Friday. Senate Majority Leader John Cullerton said they were, "very close" to a budget plan that the Illinois House would like and that is aligned with the governor's plan, too.
If you win the lottery in IL, you might have to be patient before you will be able to get your money.
IL now faces $130 billion in unfunded pension payments and $15 billion in unpaid bills.
"I probably would if it got high enough", said Patrick Hurley, player.
IL lottery officials spoke to FOX 32 by phone, calling this a temporary change. He was too anxious to pick up any lottery tickets Wednesday. "It's fairly obvious it's going to have an impact". The state suspended lottery payouts before, for several months in 2015, because of the budget impasse. This ended up hurting the lottery, which estimates a loss in up to $71.5 million in revenue because of the delays.
"It's frustrating", said Pat Hunter of Belleville, waiting in line at Route 3 Fuel & Liquor in Sauget.