Powerball, MegaMillions to Drop Illinois Over Budget Crisis

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The group that runs the Powerball and MegaMillions lottery games has voted to drop Illinois from participating by the end of June if there is no budget agreement.

The ‘Chicago Sun-Times’ cites an internal Illinois Lottery communication that concern over the state’s fiscal condition prompted the move by the Multi-State Lottery organization, or MUSL.

Illinois Lottery spokesman Jason Schaumburg told the paper on Thursday morning that the games will be dropped without a state budget, and called it “another example of why the General Assembly needs to deliver a balanced budget to the governor.”

There has been no reaction so far from the Governor’s Office, although Gov. Rauner is reportedly calling for a Special Session to push the budget issue after the House failed to vote on a budget during the regular session.

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