Illinois lottery winners will finally get paid

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Lottery winners in Illinois will finally get their payday.

The state had been issuing IOUs to some lottery winners since July because lawmakers in the state had not passed a budget. Without a budget, lottery officials can't distribute payouts. Winners of $600 or less were able to claim their prize from lottery retailers.

"We are excited to be back and look forward to a revitalized experience for our players," Illinois Lottery Acting Director B.R. Lane said in a statement.

The Illinois Lottery expects to begin processing new claims from winners starting next week. Already-submitted claims will be processed in the order they were received.

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