Good Day World!
The state of Illinois is messing with people’s dreams.
It’s committing fraud against lottery winners whose prize is over $25,000. Instead the state is passing out IOUs.
So what’s going on?
In a nutshell, Illinois lawmakers have not passed a budget so they aren’t paying their bills.
Under state law, the state comptroller must cut the checks for lottery winnings of more than $25,000. According to lottery officials lawmakers have yet to pass a budget so the comptroller's office does not have legal authority to release the funds to the big lottery winners.
To make matters worse, the state is nowhere near passing a budget. That leaves the big winners wondering when – if ever – they’re going to get their rightful winnings.
State Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, has been a frequent critic of the state's handling of the lottery and said this is just another example:
"Our government is committing a fraud on the taxpayers, because we're holding ourselves out as selling a good, and we're not — we're not selling anything," Franks said. "The lottery is a contract: I pay my money, and if I win, you're obligated to pay me and you have to pay me timely. It doesn't say if you have money or when you have money."
How about that?
It’s typical: if you owe money to the government they’ll shake you down like a rat until they get it. But reverse the situation – where government owes you money – and it’s okay to give lame excuses and pay whenever they feel like it.
Don’t you just love our democracy where the people come last?
Time for me to walk on down the road…