State

Illinois will lose Powerball, Mega Millions without budget

Signs display the lottery prizes, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Chicago. The Powerball jackpot had grown up to $435 million, after more than two months without a winner. The jackpot for Saturday night's drawing would tie for the nation's 10th largest lottery prize. (AP Photo/G-Jun Yam)
Signs display the lottery prizes, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Chicago. The Powerball jackpot had grown up to $435 million, after more than two months without a winner. The jackpot for Saturday night's drawing would tie for the nation's 10th largest lottery prize. (AP Photo/G-Jun Yam)

CHICAGO – Illinois Lottery officials say players in the state could see the end of Powerball and Mega Millions games this month if Illinois doesn't end its budget impasse.

Acting Director Greg Smith said Thursday the lack of a budget will result in players being "denied the opportunity" to participate. The Chicago Sun-Times first reported the news.

The stalemate could enter a third year if there's no agreement by July 1.

The Sun-Times says Illinois reported $99 million in Mega Millions sales and $208 million in Powerball sales in 2016. About 40 percent of each comes back to Illinois in revenue.

The Multi-State Lottery Association runs Powerball and says it's working closely with Illinois. Mega Millions is run by a consortium of lotteries and defers questions to state officials.

Officials say Powerball would be suspended after the June 28 drawing and Mega Millions after the June 30 drawing.

Loading more

Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.