CHICAGO (CBS) — The Illinois Lottery says big winners since July 1st aren’t getting any money yet because there’s no state budget, meaning the state has no legal authority to pay out lottery winnings.
The good news is: You won the lottery.
“It was a happy day. My husband was really excited. I thought he was going to have a heart attack,” said 73-year-old Helen Whitfield of Bourbonnais.
The bad news is: It may be awhile before you’re paid.
“I don’t think it’s fair. They should have that money in there if somebody hits it,” she said.