Q: Key turns freely

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Key turned freely in ignition and still started for awhile then wouldn't turn forward enough to engage so popped out the ignition lock cylinder and use a ghetto key(screwdriver) now to engage and start the car and I have to get out pop the hood and pull a fuse to turn it off and disconnect the positive battery cable to keep from draining the battery, what is the least expensive course of action to repair this issue as I'm on a fixed income.

My car has 100000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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