Powerball and Mega Millions Ticket Sales Resume in Illinois

Powerball and Mega Millions ticket sales in Illinois have resumed following a conclusion to the state’s budget stalemate. The Prairie State had been forced to temporarily suspend both games due to the Illinois State Lottery being unable to pay larger sums of money to prize winners.

The state’s General Assembly had been forced to engage in crisis talks, as government services shut down across Illinois. Powerball tickets were taken off sale following the draw on Wednesday 28th June, while entry into Mega Millions draws came to an end following the close of play on Friday 30th June. Concerns had been raised about Illinois’ financial future, however, such fears were eased after the House opted to override a veto on the deal by Governor Rauner and pass a first budget in three years.

Lottery lovers in Illinois will now be able to play both Powerball and Mega Millions, with ticket sales reopening shortly after news of the budget’s passing had broken. This information will be greeted with cheer from both state lottery organisers and retailers across the region, especially with both games generating around $90 million in revenue every year.  

Illinois Lottery’s Acting Director Greg Smith was delighted to deliver the news to journalists: “The Illinois Lottery is pleased to announce that sales of Mega Millions and Powerball have resumed,” he said. “We appreciate the loyalty of our players and retail partners as we continue our mission to fund K-12 education.”

While players in Illinois celebrate being welcomed back into fold of both Powerball and Mega Millions, there has been no such luck for jackpot hunters in Maine, where the sale of multistate lottery tickets is prohibited until a resolution to the state’s financial crisis can be found. However, with no end in sight, The Pine Tree State could be without the two U.S. lottery giants for some time.

Illinois’ reinstatement into both games could not have come at a better time, with two colossal jackpots on offer in the coming days. First up, a top prize of $186 million will be up for grabs in tonight’s Mega Millions, before attentions turn to Powerball’s $150 million jackpot on Saturday evening.

If you would like to be in with a chance of adding either sum to your bank account, you can pick your numbers for both games online or play via any authorised retailer. Good luck!

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