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Ignition switch assembly slides into the collar around the steering column. Between the switch and the column is a bolt that locks the wheel/column into place when the key is removed. Not dissimilar from a dead bolt on a door.
Sounds like that locking assembly has gotten dirty and is sticking, or may even have return spring issues.
When you turn the key in the ignition switch, a space opens for that bolt to be pulled back by a return spring. If is dirty/gritty, or if return spring is not correct or borked, then the bolt will not behave.
The problem will likely continue to get worse.
It's not overly complex to dissassemble & clean if you've done ignition switch work before, but if you haven't ever done anything like that before, or are not mechanically inclined, I suggest taking it to a locksmith and letting them have at it.
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