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Illinois lottery woes

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ILLINOIS (KFVS) -

By the end of the night someone in the US could be the winner of the largest Powerball jackpot in history.

As many people grabbed their tickets in Illinois, the budget issues in Springfield lingered in the back of their mind about if they were to win, just how long the payout would take.

Last year Illinois stopped paying out winnings of more than $25,000, which led to some winners filing a lawsuit against the state.

Payments, however, did resume in December when lawmakers released $3.1 billion to 911 centers and lottery winners.

"If I know that I have 90 mil, 900 million coming my way, I would be set, as long as I know," Illinois resident Max Cohen said.

"It doesn't concern me I mean I don't have the money to begin with so if I get it, great, if I don't I guess ill get it eventually, or hope so," Brock Proctor said.

The grand prize is $900 million, which is about $558 million cash value.

The odds to win is 1 in 292.2 million. An expert says it's the same odds as flipping a coin an getting heads 28 times in a row.

If no one wins tonight the jackpot is estimated to grow to $1.3 billion.

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