Illinois Lottery, IDPH teams up to offer 'Red Ribbon Cash'

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Illinois Lottery, IDPH teams up to offer 'Red Ribbon Cash'

August 7, 2012 Updated Aug 7, 2012 at 3:41 PM CDT

CHICAGO -- In order to fulfill its mission to raise funds for worthy causes, the Illinois Lottery is partnering with the Illinois Department of Public Health to debut a new instant game, Red Ribbon Cash.

The game, which will raise money for support services for Illinoisans living with HIV and AIDS, is said to raise approximately $1 million for the cause.

"The Illinois Lottery exists to fund causes important to the citizens of our state," said Lottery Superintendent, Michael Jones, "and [Tuesday], with Red Ribbon cash, we launch a new instant game that awards $40,000 instant prizes."

Illinois ranked 7th nationwide in the diagnosis of HIV infections, and 6th nationwide in the estimated number of AIDS cases in 2010.  Experts estimate by the end of 2011, there will be more than 1,700 new cases of HIV and AIDS.

"We have made some progress in our fight against HIV/AIDS, but there is still more to do," said IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck.  "During these tight budgetary times, your purchase of a Red Ribbon Cash lottery ticket will provide additional funding for treatment and prevention programs needed in many poor and minority communities."

The $3 Red Ribbon Cash instant lottery ticket is now available at Illinois Lottery retailers across the state.

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