Scratch-off raises $8.5M for breast cancer

May 14, 2012

Associated Press

State officials say a scratch-off lottery ticket launched in 2006 has raised more than $8.5 million for breast cancer research and education.

The money has been awarded in grants through the Illinois Department of Public Health. More than $5.1 million has gone to community organizations statewide and more than $2.5 million has gone to institutions for research.

Gov. Pat Quinn and state health officials unveiled the ticket's new design Sunday during the Y-ME "Race at Your Pace" breast cancer walk in Chicago's Grant Park.

Illinois Lottery spokesman Mike Lang says the game has also been renamed the "Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure" after a former Illinois Lottery director who died of breast cancer in 2007.