Since July winners in the Illinois lottery have been receiving IOUs from the state if they attempted to claim a prize of $600 or more. Those lottery winners are finally being paid.
It wasn’t that Illinois didn’t have the money to pay its lottery winners, but instead, lawmakers in the state feuded over a new budget, which placed lottery earnings into limbo.
Officials on Monday passed a budget, which now allows lottery officials to distribute payouts.
Winners who took home less than $600 were able to claim their prize from lottery retails ahead of the budget’s eventual passing.
“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.
The agency says it will process already submitted claims in the order they were received.