Illinois Lottery resumes selling Mega Millions, Powerball tickets

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

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.

Illinois' annual profit from Powerball and Mega Millions is historically about $90 million.

The lottery also expects that, with a budget in place, the comptroller will be able to resume paying large-prize winners.

The lottery announced in June that payments of more than $25,000 would be delayed as of July 1 until a budget was in place.

The agency said it had the money to make large payments to winners. But under Illinois law, the General Assembly must give the authority each year for the comptroller to pay the large prizes.

mwalberg@chicagotribune.com

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