Illinois Lottery says it cannot pay winnings above $600 due to budget impasse

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Due to Illinois' state budget impasse, Illinois Lottery officials now say that any winners over $600 will experience a delay in payments.

Beginning Oct. 15, officials say they anticipate that the lottery's check writing abilities will be exhausted.

Previously the delay only applied to winners over $25,000. Officials say that all outstanding winnings will be paid once a budget is passed.

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