Illinois Lottery Resumes Selling Mega Millions, Powerball Tickets

Freeport News Network — Illinois — The Illinois Lottery has resumed sales of Mega Millions and Powerball tickets now that the state’s budget stalemate has concluded, lottery officials said.

Lottery officials released this statement from Illinois Lottery Acting Director Greg Smith.

“The Illinois Lottery is pleased to announce that sales of Mega Millions have resumed, and players may purchase tickets at any of the Lottery’s nearly 8,000 retail partners, via our mobile app, or at IllinoisLottery.com. We appreciate the loyalty of our players and retail partners as we continue our mission to fund K-12 education.”

After the Illinois House voted to override a budget veto by Governor Rauner, a budget was passed for the state for the first time in three years. With the budget comes the return of Mega Millions and Powerball ticket sales, as well as prize payouts.

The state stopped sales late last month of the popular Powerball and Mega Millions games due to its inability to contribute to the prize pool without a budget in place.

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