The Illinois Lottery Stinks to High Heaven

Ill lotteryFirst, I’ll state the obvious, I don’t know all the details in this story nor do I really care about the details.  What little info I have is coming from what I read here and there. This is just my opinion and I’m entitled to it.  Every time I hear something about this story it pisses me off just a little bit more.

Apparently, the gridlock from political foes in the Illinois government has created this mess where they sell tickets to people who have such a minute chance of winning and yet someone does.  Then the state refuses to pay the winners over $600..  That’s BULLSHIT! Complete and utter BULLSHIT!

Illinois has not been paying lottery winners of $600 or more since October, due to a state budget impasse between the Republican governor and the Democratic-controlled legislature. The state has continued to advertise games, sell tickets and hold lottery drawings. 
The political stalemate has left the state without a budget for the fiscal year that began on July 1. Illinois had initially stopped paying winners of $25,000 or more in September.   
Source

I don’t live in Illinois, I don’t shop in Illinois and I don’t buy lottery tickets in Illinois.  I’m not sure why this bothers me so much.  I doubt the political assassination of the opposite party to the detriment of their own constituents will ever end and that’s a shame.  They will do ANYTHING to shoot the other party down no matter what.  Then they stand on their high horse and gloat about how good they are and all that they’ve accomplished.

A class action suit by the unpaid winners against the lottery has now been sent into settlement talks by a U.S. District Judge. (same source article as above)  You know as well as I do that they will try to reduce the payout to those who were fortunate enough to win the lottery.

 If a judge had any balls he’d stop ALL lottery sales until the previous winners have been paid.  Then, I wonder how long this political impasse would last. 

5 comments to The Illinois Lottery Stinks to High Heaven

  • Geo

    “The state has continued to advertise games, sell tickets and hold lottery drawings.”

    You left out the dopes in Illinois keep buying the tickets.

    Gov Rauner was a life long democrat and has been a major contributor to Rhamn Emmanuel over his political career. In fact both he (Rauner) and his wife were MAJOR bundlers to the Uhbama campaign, before he switched parties (like mikey bloomers did in NYC, 3 times).

    Contractors to the State haven’t been paid in years, many have gone out of business waiting to collect the money they are owned by the State. This has been more than the imagined war between the two parties, but I agree it is outrageous.

    • C.A.I

      First of all. If someone wins more than $600.00 they will “eventually” get paid in full. Take it for what its worth. (A bill passed in House to pay them, it awaits passage in the Senate).

      Secondly, Rauner is a Republican. His wife is the Democrat. I find nothing about him switching parties, nor either him or his wife making donations to any Democratic presidential campaign. Rahm is mostly a DINO, so it makes sense they are drinking buddies.

      The issue is, Rauner wants to attach union busting measures to the budget and the legislature doesn’t agree with that. So Rauner is essentially letting everything rot until he gets his way, although he has given in a couple of issues.

  • I agree – utter bullshit. Why do the people of Illinois keep buying tickets though? In hopes that if they win, someday they *might* get paid? Cray cray

    • C.A.I

      By the same token, people will spend their life savings on a slot machine in hopes it will pay out.

      I see people spending as much as $50.00 on a set of numbers for the daily draw where one can win up to $500.00. I’m guessing they do this everyday. I doubt they win enough to cover what they spend each and every week.

      Gambling. It’s an illness.

  • Ron Larson

    Why is the lottery not run from it’s own accounts? Then let the lottery pay the state any profits every month.

 
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