When Mega Millions sales were suspended, lottery officials said those sales would resume once the state had a budget.
Now that IL has passed a budget plan for the first time since 2015, both the Mega Millions and Powerball lotteries are back open in the state. Players can buy tickets once again at retail locations, and via the lottery's mobile app and website, Smith said.
The biggest lottery in the world right now is America's €164m Mega Millions. The initial deadline passed, but when lawmakers overrode Gov. Rauner's vetoed budget package early Thursday afternoon, funds were once again restored to the Illinois Lottery.
The Illinois Lottery also announced that the delay on prize payouts, which had been instituted as a result of the budget impasse, has been lifted.
The new IL budget - finally approved after an impasse that stretched more than two years - is already paying dividends.