More than 2 million tickets have been sold in the Illinois lottery over two weekends, a record for the state and its capital city.
The lottery posted its latest sales figures in the wake of a national shortage of tickets and the start of winter travel restrictions, but also said it expected to sell more than 20 million tickets in its next season.
The Illinois Lottery has recorded the second highest sales for a single weekend in history.
The state’s lottery chief executive, Steve Tarrant, said the figures showed people were willing to pay for the chance to play.
“It’s a record and it’s a lot of fun,” Mr Tarrants told reporters on Friday.
“It certainly is the highest number we’ve ever done and the second most we’ve done.”
Mr Tarrings comments came just hours after the state’s governor announced he was pulling lottery games from state-run ATMs.
Governor Bruce Rauner told reporters he would pull the state lottery games off state-operated ATMs starting this weekend in an effort to restore bank security.
He said he hoped to re-open the ATMs next weekend, but added the process would likely take at least three weeks.
Mr Rauners office said the state has been working on restoring the state bank’s bank services and he would be releasing the details of the decision shortly.
While the number of people playing the state-built lottery is up, the number who have won has fallen.
The state is expected to break even on its $25 million lottery revenue, but the state could still lose money on its current state-imposed moratorium on sales and use of electronic tickets.
Illinois was the second state to shut down its state-owned lottery in 2016.