(20 ILCS 1605/27) (from Ch. 120, par. 1177)
    Sec. 27. (a) The State Treasurer may, with the consent of the Director, contract with any person or corporation, including, without limitation, a bank, banking house, trust company or investment banking firm, to perform such financial functions, activities or services in connection with operation of the lottery as the State Treasurer and the Director may prescribe.
    (b) All proceeds from investments made pursuant to contracts executed by the State Treasurer, with the consent of the Director, to perform financial functions, activities or services in connection with operation of the lottery, shall be deposited and held by the State Treasurer as ex-officio custodian thereof, separate and apart from all public money or funds of this State in a special trust fund outside the State treasury. Such trust fund shall be known as the "Deferred Lottery Prize Winners Trust Fund", and shall be administered by the Director.
    The Director shall, at such times and in such amounts as shall be necessary, prepare and send to the State Comptroller vouchers requesting payment from the Deferred Lottery Prize Winners Trust Fund to deferred prize winners, in a manner that will insure the timely payment of such amounts owed.
    This Act shall constitute an irrevocable appropriation of all amounts necessary for that purpose, and the irrevocable and continuing authority for and direction to the Director and the State Treasurer to make the necessary payments out of such trust fund for that purpose.
    (c) Moneys invested pursuant to subsection (a) of this Section may be invested only in bonds, notes, certificates of indebtedness, treasury bills, or other securities constituting direct obligations of the United States of America and all securities or obligations the prompt payment of principal and interest of which is guaranteed by a pledge of the full faith and credit of the United States of America. Interest earnings on moneys in the Deferred Lottery Prize Winners Trust Fund shall remain in such fund and be used to pay the winners of lottery prizes deferred as to payment until such obligations are discharged. Proceeds from bonds purchased and interest accumulated as a result of a grand prize multi-state game ticket that goes unclaimed will be transferred after the termination of the relevant claim period directly from the lottery's Deferred Lottery Prize Winners Trust Fund to each respective multi-state partner state according to its contribution ratio.
    (c-5) If a deferred lottery prize is not claimed within the claim period established by game rule, then the securities or other instruments purchased to fund the prize shall be liquidated and the liquidated amount shall be transferred to the State Lottery Fund for disposition pursuant to Section 19 of this Act.
    (c-10) The Director may use a portion of the moneys in the Deferred Lottery Prize Winners Trust Fund to purchase bonds to pay a lifetime prize if the prize duration exceeds the length of available securities. If the winner of a lifetime prize exceeds his or her life expectancy as determined using actuarial assumptions and the securities or moneys set aside to pay the prize have been exhausted, moneys in the State Lottery Fund shall be used to make payments to the winner for the duration of the winner's life.
    (c-15) From time to time, the Director may request that the State Comptroller transfer any excess moneys in the Deferred Lottery Prize Winners Trust Fund to the State Lottery Fund.
    (d) This amendatory Act of 1985 shall be construed liberally to effect the purposes of the Illinois Lottery Law.
(Source: P.A. 97-464, eff. 10-15-11; 98-463, eff. 8-16-13; 98-499, eff. 8-16-13.)