Youth baseball league rifle raffle getting support nationwide
ATWOOD -- A small Central Illinois town is making headlines across the country with its youth baseball rifle raffle.
Folks from Montana to Alaska are entering the Atwood-Hammond youth baseball league's drawing. The prize is an AR-15 rifle.
In just a little over a week, the Atwood Armory sold over 650 tickets, raising over $13,000.
Team commissioner Steven McClain said the ball players have nothing to do with it.
"The kids aren't selling door to door," said McClain. "The kids aren't involved in this raffle. People that understand what's really happening don't have a problem with it. It's the people who don't have a clue that are the ones complaining."