Transcript for Lottery Winners Outraged After Illinois Lotto Suspended Payouts
Back now with a reversal of fortune for more than two dozen lottery winners in Illinois. Instead of the big check, they got an iou from the state. Tonight, they're fighting back. Here's Linzie Janis. Reporter: Rhonda Rasche says she couldn't believe her luck. Winning $50,000 from a scratch-off lottery ticket. But that good luck quickly turning bad. My best friend's mother passed, and I wanted to take her and her sister on a girls' trip. But now I can't. Reporter: The Illinois lotto suspending all payouts of $25,000 and more after state lawmakers failed to agree on a new budget. They are all going to have to wait in line until we get a budget. Reporter: Now Rasche and Danny Chasteen, who's waiting for his $250,000 prize, are fighting back. Filing a class action lawsuit against the state. Representing dozens of other big winners, including two people who are splitting a mega millions jackpot worth $262 million. They're demanding immediate payment, including interest earned on the money. I've gone from high emotions in winning to really low emotions. And I can't do what I wanted to do with the money. They also want the Illinois lotto to stop selling tickets until they've been paid. The lotto says they will be paid in full as soon as they get the authority to cut the checks.
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