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Illinois lottery players spent $40M; likely only $16M went to state treasury
SPRINGFIELD - The winner of this week's $338 million national Powerball lottery ended up being a Dominican Republican native living in New Jersey. But if you were among the lottery ticket buyers in hopes of winning that $338 million Powerball jackpot here in Illinois, as if a 67 percent income tax increase and property taxes skyrocketing weren't enough, you voluntarily paid a whole lot into Illinois' treasury. Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones explains: