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Illinois Lottery launches specialty lottery ticket to combat Alzheimer's

Sep 14, 2020, 6:25 pm

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100% of proceeds will go toward aiding those with the disease

By Kate Northrop

This month, the Illinois Lottery released a new inaugural lottery ticket that is designed to raise awareness and support care for those suffering from Alzheimer's.

Players can purchase a specialty scratch-off lottery game called "The End of Alzheimer's Begins With Me" for $3. 100% of the proceeds from the instant ticket are allocated to the Alzheimer's Awareness Fund, which is overseen by the Alzheimer's Association Illinois chapter. The fund supports expanded care for those affected by the disease and helps to spread awareness and education.

"Many people don't know that the Illinois Lottery helps fund several organizations throughout the year by launching specialty tickets," Harold Mays, the Illinois Lottery Acting Director said. "This September, we're thrilled to be partnering with the Alzheimer's Association Illinois for the first time to help enable the impactful work they do in Alzheimer's care and awareness."

According to the Illinois Lottery, there are 5.8 million Americans above the age of 65 living with Alzheimer's, 230,000 of whom reside in Illinois. In the state alone, there are reportedly 587,000 caregivers providing 668 million hours of unpaid care valued at $8.7 billion.

"Funds raised through the Illinois Lottery will be used to not only provide care and support, but also vital education and awareness to those families affected by Alzheimer's and other dementias in Illinois," Alzheimer's Association Illinois Executive Director Delia Jervier stated.

The Lottery has released other specialty tickets in the past. The "White Ice" instant ticket released last November raised over $16.2 million to support veterans, while the "Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure" game launched last October raised over $13 million to help fight breast cancer.

To bolster interest, the Lottery will also be hosting a live virtual concert series for listeners aged 18 years and older, at which "The End of Alzheimer's Begins With Me" tickets will be given out. The game offers three top prizes worth $50,000 and 60 second-tier prizes of $500.

Livestreamed concerts take place on Friday nights and feature local Chicago artists as part of the Virtual Live! At Mariano's series, a music experience sponsored by the Lottery. The concerts aim to drive more awareness and funding for the Alzheimer's Association's Illinois chapter while simultaneously supporting local artists and businesses.

On Friday, September 11, Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton kicked off the virtual event that featured vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter Marqueal Jordan. Last year, she also partnered with the organization to jumpstart the "Through Our Eyes" initiative, which aims to make Illinois a dementia-capable state. Speakers in the statewide listening tour ranged from caregivers to doctors to researchers and educated others about the disease and experiences related to Alzheimer's.

"My mother, Velma Wiggins, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's-related dementia," Stratton said. "During the last three years of her life, I was honored to be her primary caregiver and witnessed firsthand the challenges of finding resources."

The one-hour concerts sponsored by the Lottery will be livestreamed at 6:00 pm on the Mariano's Market Facebook page on Fridays. The schedule for the next three events is as follows, provided by the Illinois Lottery:

  • Sept. 18 — Kaina (Latin inspired, Soul, R&B, and Blues)
  • Sept. 25 — Eric Roberson (Neo-soul, R&B, and House)
  • Oct. 2 — J. Ivy (Hip-Hop and Performance Poet)

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Simpsonville
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Great idea Illinois lottery.

Such a crappy mind robbing disease; killed my Dad.   

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    Great idea Illinois lottery.

    Such a crappy mind robbing disease; killed my Dad.   

    Sorry about your father bleudog101. It is a horrible way to go.

    "100% of the proceeds from the instant ticket are allocated to the Alzheimer's Awareness Fund, which is overseen by the Alzheimer's Association Illinois chapter."

    What a wonderful idea. Yes Nod

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      I Agree!

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        False not all will go due to lottery rules aka all moneys go to state treasury then a board of elected crooks decide where and how much goes to roads,public housing,medical assist, ect ect....just like the lottery funds education.

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          spartan1707,

          Read the print under the dollar signs on the bottom of the ticket;

          100% of the profits goes toward Alzheimers care, support, education and awareness programs in Illinois. (As That Scary Chick pointed out).

          All such instant tickets supporting a charity have similar wording on them in Illinois. One thing to note though is that these tickets are a wee bit 'tight'.

          Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any. So many systems, so many theories, so few jackpot winners. 

          Lep

          There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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              Northern Beaches
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              100% of proceeds will go toward aiding those with the disease

              By Kate Northrop

              This month, the Illinois Lottery released a new inaugural lottery ticket that is designed to raise awareness and support care for those suffering from Alzheimer's.

              Players can purchase a specialty scratch-off lottery game called "The End of Alzheimer's Begins With Me" for $3. 100% of the proceeds from the instant ticket are allocated to the Alzheimer's Awareness Fund, which is overseen by the Alzheimer's Association Illinois chapter. The fund supports expanded care for those affected by the disease and helps to spread awareness and education.

              "Many people don't know that the Illinois Lottery helps fund several organizations throughout the year by launching specialty tickets," Harold Mays, the Illinois Lottery Acting Director said. "This September, we're thrilled to be partnering with the Alzheimer's Association Illinois for the first time to help enable the impactful work they do in Alzheimer's care and awareness."

              According to the Illinois Lottery, there are 5.8 million Americans above the age of 65 living with Alzheimer's, 230,000 of whom reside in Illinois. In the state alone, there are reportedly 587,000 caregivers providing 668 million hours of unpaid care valued at $8.7 billion.

              "Funds raised through the Illinois Lottery will be used to not only provide care and support, but also vital education and awareness to those families affected by Alzheimer's and other dementias in Illinois," Alzheimer's Association Illinois Executive Director Delia Jervier stated.

              The Lottery has released other specialty tickets in the past. The "White Ice" instant ticket released last November raised over $16.2 million to support veterans, while the "Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure" game launched last October raised over $13 million to help fight breast cancer.

              To bolster interest, the Lottery will also be hosting a live virtual concert series for listeners aged 18 years and older, at which "The End of Alzheimer's Begins With Me" tickets will be given out. The game offers three top prizes worth $50,000 and 60 second-tier prizes of $500.

              Livestreamed concerts take place on Friday nights and feature local Chicago artists as part of the Virtual Live! At Mariano's series, a music experience sponsored by the Lottery. The concerts aim to drive more awareness and funding for the Alzheimer's Association's Illinois chapter while simultaneously supporting local artists and businesses.

              On Friday, September 11, Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton kicked off the virtual event that featured vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter Marqueal Jordan. Last year, she also partnered with the organization to jumpstart the "Through Our Eyes" initiative, which aims to make Illinois a dementia-capable state. Speakers in the statewide listening tour ranged from caregivers to doctors to researchers and educated others about the disease and experiences related to Alzheimer's.

              "My mother, Velma Wiggins, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's-related dementia," Stratton said. "During the last three years of her life, I was honored to be her primary caregiver and witnessed firsthand the challenges of finding resources."

              The one-hour concerts sponsored by the Lottery will be livestreamed at 6:00 pm on the Mariano's Market Facebook page on Fridays. The schedule for the next three events is as follows, provided by the Illinois Lottery:

              • Sept. 18 — Kaina (Latin inspired, Soul, R&B, and Blues)
              • Sept. 25 — Eric Roberson (Neo-soul, R&B, and House)
              • Oct. 2 — J. Ivy (Hip-Hop and Performance Poet)

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              But what if people forget to play?

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                Simpsonville
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                But what if people forget to play?

                Come on now from Down Under....this isn't even remotely funny.