Eighty-five Illinois Lottery winners last week probably thought they were lucky ó until they tried to cash in their winnings, that is.

Their checks, totaling $159,000 in lottery winnings, were no good.

Two days after Christmas, Maureen Furio of Lake Zurich bought an instant scratch-off ticket and won $1000. The next day, she got a check from the lottery.

ďI deposited it the same day and went ahead and paid some extra Christmas bills,Ē Furio says. ďAnd Jan. 3, it bounced.Ē

ďNot bounced Ö returned,Ē says Mike Lang, spokesman for the Illinois Lottery. He says lottery officials failed to key in the required security verification on the checks issued on Dec. 28. ...