New lottery ticket designed to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois

NORMAL - The 2014 Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games starts today, and Governor Pat Quinn will be at the opening ceremonies to sign legislation that creates a "Go for the Gold" lottery ticket to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.

The bill, sponsored by state Senator Mattie Hunter and state Representative Frances Ann Hurley, creates a two dollar instant scratch-off ticket.  The ticket will be available next year, and is expected to raise $700,000 in its first year for Special Olympics athletes and events in Illinois.

The revenue will be used to support athlete training, competitions, and programs for present and future Special Olympic athletes.  It cannot be used for institutional, organization, or community-based overhead, indirect costs or levies.  The new law would take effect immediately.

"Go for the Gold" tickets have potential prizes up to $20,000, and joins the ranks of other Illinois Lottery specialty games that raise money for specific causes like Illinois veterans, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, and assistance for those living with HIV/AIDS.

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