The Illinois Lottery will soon start paying out prizes to winners once again after a five-month stall because of the state budget impasse, the agency announced Monday.

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill Monday freeing up funds to resume prize payouts of over $600, which had been on hold since July 1.

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Prize claims will be processed in the order they were received starting Dec. 14.

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Winning tickets can be claimed at any Lottery Claim Center, found at illinoislottery.com. Prizes under $600 can still be claimed at any Lottery retailer.

“We are excited to be back and look forward to a revitalized experience for our players,” acting Illinois Lottery director B.R. Lane said in a statement.

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