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States bordering IL see jump in lottery sales

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The budget impasse in Springfield, Illinois could be a boon for neighboring states.

Earlier in October, the Illinois lottery commission started issuing IOUs for players who won more than $600. That has led to an uptick in sales in neighboring states.

A Missouri lottery spokesperson said sales are up 3 percent in recent months. They are not alone.

A clerk in Wickliffe, Ky. said Illinois players are telling them they have stopped playing in that state.

"They normally would play a little here and a little there to increase their luck, but a lot of them have come and telling me that since they won't pay out more than 600 in the store, they pretty much quit altogether," Michael Coomer, with Kentucky Tobacco Outlet, said. "A lot of people are terrified to play Powerball and Mega Ball because they're afraid they won't get paid at all if they hit the jackpot."

In McCracken County, Kentucky, scratcher tickets jumped 13 percent since July 1. That's compared to a 9 percent jump statewide.

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