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Illinois Valley man told he’ll have to wait to collect big lottery winnings

Posted by wlpo on August 29, 2015

The money situation in Springfield is so bad even lottery winners are being given “I-O-Us” from the state.

Susan Rick of Oglesby says her boyfriend won $250,000 in the lottery but they’ve been told to wait on their payout. With no budget, the state comptroller can’t cut checks for over $25,000. A lottery spokesman says the state lottery is affected by the budget situation like any other state agency.

Rick says she planned home fix-ups and a visit to see her daughter with the big winnings. She says if the situation were reversed, the state would “come take it, and they don’t care whether we have a roof over our head.”

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