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CHICAGO – February 23, 2012 – Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones and Veterans’ Affairs Director Erica Borggren drew attention to the 67th anniversary of the flag raising atop Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima, today by reminding everyone that there are more than 200,000 Veteran’s Cash instant tickets available at VFW halls and lottery retailers throughout the state.
To date, this special instant lottery game has generated $3 million dollars in sales, of which 100 percent of the proceeds go to veteran specific programs throughout Illinois. The game, specifically designed to fund programs assisting veterans, was created by Governor Pat Quinn in 2006; and has through grants administered by the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA), made $11.5 million in cash awards to more than 75 organizations supporting veterans throughout the state.
”The lottery is proud to offer a game that is in the finest tradition of what lotteries are all about: risking a small amount of money to have a chance to win a prize with the net proceeds going to the common good. I can’t think of a more accepted ‘common good’ than to help veterans of battlefields as far apart in time or distance as Iwo Jima to Fallujah,” Jones said. “Such an anniversary is a good time to remember that you can help fund veterans’ programs by buying Veteran’s Cash tickets, and by honoring every veteran you know by saying…thanks.”
Proceeds from the sale of this ticket are deposited in an interest-bearing account in the State Treasury called the Illinois Veterans Assistance Fund. The General Assembly appropriates this money solely to IDVA, which awards the money in grants that fund additional services and conducts research relating to veterans' Post-traumatic stress disorder, homelessness, medical expenses, long term care and disability benefits.
“All of our World War II veterans are heroes,” said IDVA Director Erica Borggren. “Today we celebrate an American triumph atop Mt. Suribachi, but we also acknowledge the work that needs to be done at home. That is what the Veteran’s Cash lottery ticket is about – helping our heroes here in Illinois.”
Each Veteran’s Cash instant ticket costs $3 with top prizes remaining.
Click here to view a list of lottery retailers selling Veteran’s Cash tickets. For more information on Veteran’s Cash please visit www.illinoislottery.com or to apply for a Veteran’s Cash grant, visit the IDVA website at www.veterans.illinois.gov.
About the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs
The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs assists veterans and their dependents and survivors in obtaining the benefits they are entitled to under the laws of the United States, and the State of Illinois or any other governmental agency, through its Veterans' Services Offices located statewide. IDVA also evaluates and approves Veterans' education and training programs available at colleges, universities and vocational training centers in Illinois, provides skilled nursing and domiciliary care for eligible veterans; and administers State grants and benefits to eligible Illinois veterans. For more information, please visit www.veterans.illinois.gov
About the Illinois Lottery
Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed more than $17 billion to the state Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools and the Capital Projects Fund. Players must be at least 18 years old. For more information on the Illinois Lottery please visit www.illinoislottery.com.