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The odds of winning the Illinois Lotto jackpot are listed at one in 20,358,520. The odds of getting paid for winning a jackpot right now are about one in zero.

The state lottery agency has stopped payment on all prizes greater than $25,000 as it waits for the state Legislature to pass a budget and secure its funding.

The Chicago Tribune reports two lottery winners have filed a lawsuit against the agency for not paying their winnings as a result of the prize freeze. Rhonda Rasche is waiting on a $50,000 prize from a scratch-off ticket, while Danny Chasteen is expecting a $250,000 check some-day, if the state can get its budget in order.

They're not alone, as the Tribune reports the state owes about $288 million in unpaid lottery prizes since the previous budget expired June 30.

Some economists say that state lotteries already are a dicey proposition, with a lot of questions as to whether they achieve their goal of funding education. To not pay if someone actually beats the improbable odds and wins just seems cruel.

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So skip the lottery the next time you pass through Chicago. You're not going to win; but even if you win, you're not going to win.