Sales of Powerball and MegaMillions lottery tickets have now resumed in Illinois after the budget standoff forced retailers to suspend sales.
Officials say the state has lost more than $1 million in revenue due to that gap. The state takes about 40% of the lottery system’s profits. Sales of Mega Million tickets stopped June 28 and Powerball sales stopped June 30.
The current Powerball jackpot is $155 million with a drawing tonight (Wednesday). No one won the MegaMillions jackpot, and so that jackpot rises to $217 million for Friday night’s drawing.