Second Lawsuit Filed Over Non-Payments to Lottery Winners

Chicago (AP) — Illinois lottery winners who weren’t paid because of the state’s budget impasse have filed a lawsuit contending they are owed interest accrued during the months winning tickets weren’t honored. Thomas Zimmerman, attorney for the plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court, told the Chicago Tribune he estimates interest accrued on withheld lottery winnings to be about $1.5 million. Illinois stopped paying out winnings of more than $25,000 on July 1. A lawsuit was filed by lottery winners in September.