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Within hours, Illinois Lottery regains faith in its state

Mega Millions and Powerball sales resume

Signs display the lottery prizes, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Chicago. The Powerball jackpot had grown up to $435 million, after more than two months without a winner. The jackpot for Saturday night's drawing would tie for the nation's 10th largest lottery prize. (AP Photo/G-Jun Yam)
Signs display the lottery prizes, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Chicago. The Powerball jackpot had grown up to $435 million, after more than two months without a winner. The jackpot for Saturday night's drawing would tie for the nation's 10th largest lottery prize. (AP Photo/G-Jun Yam)

CHICAGO — As a direct result of the Illinois legislature ending its three-year spending plan impasse Thursday, the Illinois Lottery announced it resumed sales of its Mega Millions and Powerball tickets the same day, according to a news release from the lottery.

Illinois Lottery Acting Director Greg Smith said in a statement, "The Illinois Lottery is pleased to announce that sales of Mega Millions and Powerball have resumed. We appreciate the loyalty of our players and retail partners as we continue our mission to fund K-12 education."

The Illinois Lottery suspended ticket sales Wednesday, June 28, as state lawmakers struggled to come to a consensus on a budget. Payment was also delayed for those who won more than $25,000 off Illinois tickets.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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