(20 ILCS 1605/13.1)
Assignment of prizes payable in installments.
(a) The right of any person to receive payments under a prize that is paid
in installments over time by the Department may be voluntarily assigned, in
whole or in part, if the assignment is made to a person or entity designated
pursuant to an order of a court of competent jurisdiction located in the
judicial circuit where the assigning prize winner resides or where the
headquarters of the Department is located. A court may issue an order approving
a voluntary assignment and directing the Department to make prize payments in
whole or in part to the designated assignee, if the court finds that all of the
following conditions have been met:
(1) The assignment is in writing, is executed by the
assignor, and is, by its terms, subject to the laws of this State.
(2) The purchase price being paid for the payments
being assigned represents a present value of the payments being assigned, discounted at an annual rate that does not exceed 10 percentage points over the Wall Street Journal prime rate published on the business day prior to the date of execution of the contract.
(3) The contract of assignment expressly states that
the assignor has 3 business days after the contract was signed to cancel the assignment.
(4) The assignor provides a sworn affidavit attesting
(i) is of sound mind, is in full command of his
or her faculties, and is not acting under duress;
(ii) has been advised regarding the assignment by
his or her own independent legal counsel, who is unrelated to and is not being compensated by the assignee or any of the assignee's affiliates, and has received independent financial or tax advice concerning the effects of the assignment from a lawyer or other professional who is unrelated to and is not being compensated by the assignee or any of the assignee's affiliates;
(iii) understands that he or she will not receive
the prize payments or portions thereof for the years assigned;
(iv) understands and agrees that, with regard to
the assigned payments, the Department and its officials and employees will have no further liability or responsibility to make the assigned payments to him or her;
(v) has been provided with a one-page written
disclosure statement setting forth, in bold type of not less than 14 points, the payments being assigned, by amounts and payment dates; the purchase price being paid; the rate of discount to present value, assuming daily compounding and funding on the contract date; and the amount, if any, of any origination or closing fees that will be charged to him or her; and
(vi) was advised in writing, at the time he or
she signed the assignment contract, that he or she had the right to cancel the contract, without any further obligation, within 3 business days following the date on which the contract was signed.
(5) Written notice of the proposed assignment and any
court hearing concerning the proposed assignment is provided to the Department's counsel at least 30 days prior to any court hearing. The Department is not required to appear in or be named as a party to any such action seeking judicial confirmation of an assignment under this Section, but may intervene as of right in any such proceeding.
(b) A certified copy of a court order approving a voluntary assignment must
be provided to the Department no later than 30 days before the date on which
the payment is to be made.
(c) A court order obtained pursuant to this Section, together with all such
prior orders, shall not require the Department to divide any single prize
payment among more than 3 different persons. Nothing in this Section shall
prohibit substituting assignees as long as there are no more than 3 assignees
at any one time for any one prize payment.
(d) If a husband and wife are co-owners of a prize, any assignment of the
prize must be made jointly.
(e) A voluntary assignment may not include portions of
payments that are subject to offset on account of a defaulted or delinquent
child support obligation, non-wage garnishment, or criminal restitution
obligation or on account of a
debt owed to a State agency. Each court order issued under subsection (a) shall
provide that any delinquent child support or criminal restitution obligations
of the assigning prize winner and any debts owed to a State agency by the
assigning prize winner, as of the date of the court order, shall be set off by
the Department first against remaining payments or portions thereof due the
prize winner and then against payments due the assignee.
(f) The Department and its respective officials and employees shall be
discharged of all liability upon payment of an assigned prize under this
Section. The assignor and assignee shall hold harmless and indemnify the
Department, the State of Illinois, and its employees and agents from all
claims, actions, suits, complaints, and liabilities related to the assignment.
(g) The Department may establish a reasonable fee to defray any
administrative expenses associated with assignments made under this Section,
including the cost to the Department of any processing fee that may be imposed
by a private annuity provider. The fee amount shall reflect the direct and
indirect costs associated with processing assignments.
(h) If at any time the Internal Revenue Service or a court of competent
jurisdiction issues a determination letter, revenue ruling, other public ruling
of the Internal Revenue Service, or published decision to the Department or to
any lottery prize winner declaring that the voluntary assignment of prizes will
affect the federal income tax treatment of prize winners who do not assign
their prizes, the Department shall immediately file a copy of that letter,
ruling, or published decision with the Attorney General, the Secretary of
State, and the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. A court may not
issue an order authorizing a voluntary assignment under this Section after the
date any such ruling, letter, or published decision is filed.
(i) A contract of assignment in which the assignor is a lottery winner
shall include a sworn affidavit from the assignee. The form of the affidavit
shall be established by the Department and shall include:
(1) a summary of assignee contacts with the winner;
(2) a summary of any lawsuits, claims, and other
legal actions from lottery winners regarding conduct of the assignee or its agents;
(3) a statement that the assignee is in good standing
in its state of domicile and with any other licensing or regulatory agency as may be required in the conduct of its business;
(4) a brief business history of the assignee;
(5) a statement describing the nature of the business
(6) a statement of the assignee's privacy and
non-harassment policies and express affirmation that the assignee has followed those policies in Illinois.
(j) The assignee shall notify the Department of its business location and
mailing address for payment purposes during the entire course of the
(Source: P.A. 93-465, eff. 1-1-04.)