Speaking of budgets, how bad can it be if Powerball kicks you to the curb?

by Skip

PowerballIllinois’s budget process (or rather, a lack of one that most adults would recognize) has been a joke for decades and they STILL can’t get it right.  And now this:

Powerball, Mega Millions to drop Illinois due to state’s budget crisis

The popular Powerball lottery and Mega Millions games will drop Illinois at the end of June without a budget agreement, Illinois Lottery officials said Thursday. Concern over the state’s fiscal condition prompted the Multi-State Lottery Association to drop Powerball in Illinois, according to internal Illinois Lottery communications obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.


…A spokesman for the Multi-State Lottery Association said the group “is focused on protecting the integrity of its games and the experience of its players.”

Concern?  Sure is – concern that Illinois will take in the ticket payments but can’t pay out the willings?  Without a budget in place, Illinois has no way to give the lucky lottery winners their prizes. The Association is fearful that Illinois would give the game a bad reputation.  Illinois, on the other hand?

You DO understand what happens to anyone in the private sector that attempts that, right?  Taking money in and it “disappears”?  I would ask the Democrat dominated Legislature (and until this latest Republican Gov, Dem Guv’s as well) this question:

Why didn’t you drop the gaming in a voluntarily, open, and transparent way honestly saying “we won’t do that to our citizens?”

Nope, they didn’t.  Citizens ought to be asking “do I want to live in a State that would screw me over and pay me?  What ELSE are they doing to me?”

(H/T: Chicago Sun-Times)

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