Lottery winners don't get largesse, but get left out

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Posted: Aug 28, 2015 6:04 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (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. That means smaller winnings can be paid out, but not the larger lottery wins.

Susan Rick, who lives in Oglesby, Illinois, planned home fix-ups and a visit to her daughter after her boyfriend won $250,000 last month. But they were told to wait.

Rick tells the Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/1JBG89O ) 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 state lottery, like every other state agency, is "affected by the budget situation."

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Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com