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.