Illinois Lottery buys newspaper ad amid drop in ticket sales

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Illinois Lottery has taken out a newspaper ad to thank people for playing the lottery.

This comes after a big drop in ticket sales and no jackpot payouts over $25,000 due to a state budget stalemate.

The new one-page ad appears in Friday's edition of the Chicago Tribune.

The Illinois Lottery has seen a significant drop in ticket sales from September to October - their lowest in nearly two years.

Lottery officials say winnings will eventually be released as state lawmakers work to pass a budget.

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