Illinois Lottery ticket aims to combat HIV, AIDS

Courtesy: Illinois Lottery
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CHICAGO (WIFR) -- Illinois Lottery released its "Red Ribbon Cash" instant ticket to support research and prevention for HIV and AIDS.

Lottery officials say the ticket has raised more than $8 million for HIV/AIDS prevention education since 2008.

Profits from the ticket will benefit "Getting to Zero Illinois," a state campaign in partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health to Illinois.

The money will help organizations that work on HIV/AIDS prevention, education and treatment in an effort to eliminate the diseases by 2030.

“Continuing to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS research and services is critical to our newly launched Getting to Zero Illinois Plan,” said IDPH acting director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. "Serving the needs of our diverse communities is a priority when it comes to reducing the risks of HIV/AIDS transmission and we want to thank the Illinois Lottery for its commitment to making Illinois a healthier state.”

The Red Ribbon Cash ticket costs $3. Players can win up to $50,000.