As the state’s budget crisis marches on, two lottery winners have filed suit against the State of Illinois and the Illinois Lottery.
Rhonda Rasche and Danny Chasteen – who have won $300,000 between the two of them – filed suit in federal court on Wednesday.
The class action suit claims that there are more than two dozen lottery winners in Illinois that are owed over $288M in winnings since the end of the last fiscal year on June 30th.
Rasche says that the continued selling of lottery tickets without the ability to pay out winnings over $25,000 is no different than if she were selling raffle tickets without any plan to pay winners. Representatives of the Illinois Lottery declined comment about the lawsuit on Wednesday, saying that they hadn’t yet received a copy of it.