Enjoy buying Illinois lottery tickets online? You may not be able to soon, due to lawmaker inaction.
According to Illinois Lottery figures, $68 million in revenue for K-12 education and capital projects statewide are at stake if lawmakers in Springfield allow a pilot program for players to buy tickets online to expire.
The Illinois Lottery Internet Pilot Program expires March 25th. The programs allows lottery players to play certain draw games and purchase lottery tickets online and on the Lottery’s smartphone app.
House Bill 4346, sponsored by Mundelein Republican Rep. Ed Sullivan, would allow the lottery to continue their online services.
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Representative Sullivan urged his colleagues Thursday to vote on the bill, warning inaction would cut funding for an indefinite period.
“But at the end of the day, we’re gonna leave today. We’re not going to act on this, and this program is gonna go away, how long? I don’t know,” Sullivan said.
Rep. Sullivan added the program’s total internet sales reached $14 million, with $6 million going towards the common schools fund. Sullivan says not passing the measure will cost schools millions.
“A generator of money for our schools is going to go away, because of the problems we’re having in this building,” Sullivan said.
A House Revenue and Finance Subcommittee hearing was canceled Thursday, leaving the measure up in the air. Sullivan is hopeful legislators will bring the bill to vote after the March 15 primary. The House isn’t scheduled to return until April.