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Report: Powerball, Mega Millions ticket sales could be dropped in Illinois

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CHICAGO (HOI) -- -

You may not be able to purchase a Mega Millions or Powerball ticket in Illinois as of July 1, thanks to the state budget crisis.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the Multi-State Lottery Association is opting to drop the state of Illinois from the contests at the end of June due to concerns about the state's fiscal status unless a state budget is passed. 

“It is disappointing that the Legislature’s inability to pass a budget has led to this development and will result in Illinois Lottery players being denied the opportunity to play these popular games. This is why it's so critical the General Assembly deliver a balanced budget to the governor's desk that he can sign,” said Illinois Lottery Acting Director Greg Smith.

The Sun-Times reports the state had $99.4 million in Mega Millions sales and $208 million in Powerball sales during the last budget year. Both Powerball and Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington D.C. and some U.S. territories. 

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