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Mega Millions Jackpot Reaches $262 Million
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So, Nobody Won $346M in the MegaMillions Jackpot Tuesday–Will $382M Work for You?

In the interests of full (and somewhat idiotic) disclosure, I rarely, if ever, play the lottery. However, when I do--I wait for the jackpot to become astronomical. Take last night's Mega-Millions lottery drawing for example. I guess I couldn't be bothered with a paltry $346,000,000. But on Friday, when the jackpot will be just south of $400,000,000, I'll probably grab a ticket.

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425 Million Jackpot Draws Hopeful Lottery Ticket Buyers
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Illinois’ Financial Problems Affect Lottery Payouts Again

It's 2015 all over again when it comes to big payouts from the Illinois Lottery, and once again it's due to our state's ongoing money troubles and lack of a budget.

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Illinois State Rep Sums Up the Reason Things Aren’t Getting Fixed in Springfield

Even if you've actively avoided the latest news about our state's financial problems, you're no doubt aware that we've got a few pressing money problems in Illinois--problems that require a concerted effort to address and tackle. So, why isn't that being done?

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Powerball Lottery Reaches Third Highest Jackpot
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Tonight’s Powerball Jackpot Might be the 10th Largest in the Game’s History

If you're anything like me, and I know I am--you'd love to win the lottery. However, the problem with my desire to be a lottery winner is the fact that I never buy a ticket. Okay, maybe never is not quite right. I bought a Powerball ticket once, when the jackpot went over a billion dollars. Since you're reading this now, you've probably surmised that I didn't win. I guess I only play when we get into record-breaking territory.

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Gurnee Man Has 2 Million Reasons to Celebrate His Birthday

I remember when my dad turned 60 years old. I asked him how it felt to be that age, and he pointed out that it didn't really matter to him what the number was, he was just happy to keep having birthdays (he got 24 more). He also said that after turning 40, the time between birthdays seemed to shorten from a year to about 6 months.

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Illinois Lottery Payments Will Stop Again Without a State Budget

The photo is just a "stock image," but it could very well be a shot of Illinois comptroller Leslie Munger's desk. We've gone a year without a state budget, and July 1st marks the beginning of a new fiscal year. Without a new budget, Illinois will stop paying lottery winners, along with a host of others.

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Powerball Jackpot Expected To Reach A Whopping Record-Breaking 1.5 Billion Dollars
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Be Glad You Didn’t Win the Powerball Jackpot

I know, that sounds a little strange, perhaps full of sour grapes, but after learning about what's happened to some previous winners of big lottery jackpots, I'm working on convincing myself that I should be relieved that I didn't match a single number during Wednesday's drawing...

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Second Lawsuit Filed Over Non-Payments to Lottery Winners

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois lottery winners who weren't paid because of the state's budget impasse have filed a lawsuit contending they are owed interest accrued during the months winning tickets weren't honored...

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Rauner Expected To Veto Additional Spending Bill

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Gov. Bruce Rauner is set to veto another piecemeal appropriations bill if the House passes it this week, which would surprise no one in the General Assembly...

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Canadian Man Wins Lottery After Being Struck By Lightning

It's often said your odds of being struck by lightning are better than winning the lottery. But now we know the odds of having BOTH happen in a lifetime...

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