The Illinois Lottery is still selling tickets and it's causing anger amongst winners as this WLS-TV tv report below shows.
Despite the cash-strapped state not allowing the Illinois Lottery to pay winners over $25,000 - remarkably, ticket sales have increased.
Lottery ticket sales have increased over the last year, according to sales records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, reports WLS-TV.
September was the first full month after the lottery announced it couldn't pay big prizes, but people spent more than $235 million on tickets.
While that's down slightly from the previous month, it's $15 million more in sales than the same month last year.
Now one state representative has filed a bill to temporarily shut down the lottery.
"If you can't pay people, you shouldn't be selling tickets," said State rep. La Shawn Ford, D-Chicago.
State representative La Shawn Ford (center), D-Chicago.
While winners wait to be paid, the lottery is cashing in.
A Lottery spokesperson told ABC7 Eyewitness News that jackpot money now sitting in lottery accounts is earning interest, but that extra money won't be shared with winners.
READ MORE: ABC7 Eyewitness News
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