Powerball and Mega Millions To Drop Illinois Due To State’s Budget Crisis

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The Powerball lottery and Mega Millions games will drop Illinois at the end of June without a budget agreement, Illinois Lottery officials said Thursday.

A spokesman for the Multi-State Lottery Association said the group “is focused on protecting the integrity of its games and the experience of its players.”

The multi-state association has had discussions since 2015 about dropping Illinois, but this is the first time the group has taken action.

The state reported $99.4 million in Mega Millions sales and $208 million in Powerball sales within the 2016 budget year.

Powerball is offered in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mega Millions is offered in 44 states, along with the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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