Illinois can’t cut Lotto checks for more than $25,000

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Big-time Illinois Lottery winners aren't getting the largesse, they're getting left out.

Without a state budget agreement two months into the new fiscal year, there's no authority for the state comptroller to cut checks over $25,000. Smaller amounts are being disbursed.

Susan Rick, who lives in Oglesby, Illinois, planned home fix-ups and a visit to her daughter after her boyfriend, Danny Chasteen, won $250,000 last month. But they were told to wait.

Rick tells the Chicago Tribune that if the situation were reversed, the state would ``come take it and they don't care whether we have a roof over our head.''

Lottery spokesman Steve Rossi says the state agency, like every other one, is ``obviously affected by the budget situation.''
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Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com