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Powerball, Mega Millions to Dump Illinois If Budget Impasse Continues

The multi-state lottery association overseeing Powerball and Mega Millions games will dump Illinois by the end of June if the state doesn't end its budget impasse. (WRSP File Photo)

Bad news for Powerball players -- come the end of June, you may have to find your luck in another state.

A spokesman for the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs both the Powerball and Mega Millions games, says they will pull out of Illinois if the state doesn't pass a budget by the end of the month. Folks we talked to say even though they aren't huge lottery players, they'd hate to see any money leave the state.

"I think that's just another source of revenue that we would lose,” Champaign resident Moshe Gross said. β€œOn top of not having a budget, now like nobody would trust that we could be a part of the lottery. So it's just a downward spiral."

The Multi-State Lottery Association also operates Powerball in 44 other states. This would not affect video gaming in Illinois.The multi-state lottery association overseeing Powerball and Mega Millions games will dump Illinois by the end of June if the state doesn't end its budget impasse.

Illinois Lottery spokesman Jason Schaumburg tells The Chicago Sun-times it's another example of why Illinois needs a budget. The newspaper also cites internal lottery communications showing concern about Illinois' finances.

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