Without state budget, no Powerball, Mega Millions, or big lottery payouts

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) —Lotto players soon won’t be able to buy a Powerball or Mega Millions ticket in Illinois until the state has a budget. The Illinois Lottery yesterday said it will suspend Powerball and Mega Millions ticket sales later tonight.  The multi-state group that runs the games has threatened to drop Illinois if there is no budget by July 1st.  Lotto managers in the state say they are suspending sales as of 9 p.m. If Illinois legislators don’t approve a budget this week, lottery players in the state won’t get any jackpots over $25,000. The same thing happened in 2015, the year the budget impasse began. Lottery players sued and the state lost millions of dollars in lost sales. The Legislature had to approve a plan to let the Illinois Lottery make payouts.