Illinois budget stalemate causing Illinois Lottery to postpone some winner payments

Published 08/28 2015 04:41PM

Updated 08/28 2015 04:47PM

(AP) Big-time Illinois Lottery winners aren't getting the largesse - they're getting left out.

Without a state budget agreement two months into the new fiscal year, there's no authority for the state comptroller to cut checks over $25,000. Smaller amounts are being disbursed.
Susan Rick, who lives in Oglesby, Illinois, planned home fix-ups and a visit to her daughter after her boyfriend, Danny Chasteen, won $250,000 last month. But they were told to wait.
Rick tells the Chicago Tribune ( ) that if the situation were reversed, the state would "come take it and they don't care whether we have a roof over our head."
Lottery spokesman Steve Rossi says the state agency, like every other one, is "obviously affected by the budget situation."

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