Clerical error blamed for bounced checks from Illinois lottery

9:32 AM, May 18, 2013   |    comments
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CHICAGO (AP) - Some lucky winners of the Illinois Lottery weren't so lucky when they went to cash their checks. Lottery spokesman Mike Lang says checks to eight recent winners in the Chicago area have bounced because of a clerical error, delaying the payouts, which totaled about $10,000 altogether.

The winners were stunned. Patti Crenshaw, of Chicago, told WLS-TV that "so much money goes into the lottery, you would think that they would be able to pay out." But that wasn't the case when she tried to collect her $847. She says she couldn't believe it.

The largest bounced check was for about $2,500. Lang says a lottery employee forgot to approve the winning funds on deadline, so the bank did not release the money. All eventually got their winnings.

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