Illinois Lottery Launches HIV/AIDS Benefit Game

June 6, 2013 – The Illinois Lottery, introduced Spread the Word Wednesday, a new scratch-off game where 100 percent of the profits go directly towards HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and support programs in the state.

Spread the Word is the only game of its kind in the nation, and is the fifth HIV/AIDS benefit ticket the Illinois Lottery has released since 2008.

Spread the Word is a perfect example of what a Lottery is all about.  Lotteries exist to fund important causes,” said Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones.

Jones explained in a press release yesterday that the Lottery focuses some of its attention on four special causes in the state.

Along with funding for services that support people with HIV/AIDS, the Illinois Lottery also helps to support veterans programs, breast cancer research, and multiple sclerosis research.

Spread the Word is the result of a partnership between the Illinois Lottery and the Illinois Department of Public Health.  Over the past five years, that partnership has contributed more than $4.7 million to HIV/AIDS programs.

“Anyone who would like to support this cause can buy a $2 Spread the Word instant ticket and have a chance to win up to $20,000,” Jones said.

“If they play and lose, they know their money will go to fund vital support services for people in Illinois living with HIV/AIDS,” he added.

Jones said that the Lottery expects to see about $1 million in funding for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs with Spread the Word.


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Written by Matt Isaacs

Matt is the Editorial Manager for the LotteryHUB News Team. Matt graduated from Rutgers University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies in May 2013