Powerball, Mega Millions to drop Illinois due to state's budget crisis

Powerball and Mega Millions lotteries may be leaving Illinois

Powerball and Mega Millions lotteries may be leaving Illinois

"This is why it's so critical the General Assembly deliver a balanced budget to the governor's desk that he can sign".

Jon Daniels, shift leader at Big 10 Mart in Moline, said Powerball and Mega Millions are the two most popular lottery tickets there.

He told the paper that the Multi-State Lottery Association has had discussions about dropping IL since 2015, but this is the first time they have taken any action.

"The Multi-State Lottery Association is focused on protecting the integrity of its games and the experience of its players", MUSL spokeswoman Anna Domoto said in a written statement to the Tribune. The Illinois Lottery isn't part of the association.

The Multi-State Lottery Association's could affect $99.4 million in Mega Millions sales and $208 million in Powerball sales, both reported in the 2016 budget year, according to the Sun-Times.

Officials for Mega Millions could not be reached immediately for comment.

The Multi-State Lottery Association runs Powerball and says it's working closely with IL.

The Chicago Sun-Times says IL reported $99 million in Mega Millions sales and $208 million in Powerball sales in 2016. It's unclear how much revenue the state got from the sale of those tickets.

If Illinois doesn't pass a budget this month, July 1 will mark the beginning of the state's third year without one.

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