Alerts will be transmitted to lotto terminals to be printed
The Kansas Lottery announced Wednesday that it joined the Kansas Amber Alert program, which helps locate missing and abducted children.
Amber Alert was implemented in Kansas in March 2002. There are 96 Amber Alert programs nationwide.
When an alert is activated by a local law enforcement agency, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation disseminates the information to other law enforcement agencies and media outlets to broadcast the information.
Now, the Kansas Lottery will receive a message to send to Kansas Lottery retailers, which includes about 1,850 locations statewide.
The message will appear on the lotto terminal to be printed out and posted at the counter, lottery officials said.
It also will appear on the Keno TV monitors in stores and Beta Brite signs at lottery locations.
Only law enforcement may activate Amber Alert.
To activate an alert, the abducted child must be 17 years old or younger or have a physical or mental disability; the child must be in danger of serious bodily harm or death; and the information is available to disperse to the public to assist in the safe recovery of the child and/or suspect.
The program is named after Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old Texas girl who was kidnapped and killed in 1996.