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Scratch off winners won’t get paid in Illinois, for now

Due to equipment upgrades, winners of scratch off Illinois lottery tickets will have to wait a bit.

Because they won’t get paid immediately, as is typical for that style of ticket.

Here’s the statement from the Illinois Lottery

:“The Illinois Lottery is transitioning to a new central gaming system, which includes all new retail terminals, equipment and vending machines, and a new digital lottery platform. This is one of the largest technology and retail transitions ever undertaken by any U.S. lottery, and we’re confident this will significantly improve the lottery experience for players and businesses when it is fully implemented. We are currently working through a technical issue, and Illinois Lottery retailers will be temporarily unable to validate instant tickets during this time. All other Lottery functions are working properly, and the issue does not impact the ability to buy tickets.”

Jason Schaumburg, Illinois Lottery Communications Director.

Tyler Lopez

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