Mega Millions Ticket Sales Return to Illinois

Mega Millions Ticket Sales Return to Illinois

Lottery fans in Illinois are waking up to the news that Mega Millions ticket sales have returned to the state. Illinois Lottery Director Greg Smith made the announcement yesterday and commented: “We appreciate the loyalty of our players and retail partners as we continue our mission to fund K-12 education.” 

Ticket sales had been suspended last week due to the uncertainty over Illinois’ fiscal situation and, without a budget in place, there was no guarantee that players would receive prize winnings due on any winning tickets. In addition, the state lottery could not commit funds to the national shared prize pool for games such as Mega Millions and Powerball.

However, on Thursday, the suspension was lifted and Mega Millions was restored in Illinois. Lottery fans will no longer have to travel to neighboring states to buy tickets and players have taken to social media to express their joy about being able to participate in Mega Millions again.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has released a statement warning of ‘tax hikes’ in the near future following the agreement of the budget, which may cause tax rates on prize winnings to increase too. Players can view more information about taxes on Mega Milllions prizes by visiting the dedicated page. 

Although, ticket sales have been restored in Illinois, they continue to be suspended in Maine. Read more about the suspension at the News page

Tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot has reached an estimated $186 million. Tickets are available from authorized retailers or players can choose their numbers online. The results of the drawing will be available on the Latest Numbers page. Best of luck! 

Page Last Updated: 07/07/2017 12:08:36