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Illinois launches new Veterans Cash lottery game

CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn has bought $20 worth of Veterans Cash lottery tickets and is calling on others to play the newest edition of the game that benefits military vets in Illinois.

Ahead of Veterans Day, the governor helped launch the new game. More than $10 million has been raised for veterans' organizations since the program started in 2006.

All net proceeds go to groups like The Chicago Lighthouse, a nonprofit that helps the visually impaired, including veterans. Grants have been awarded to 190 organizations, including those specializing in post-traumatic stress disorder.

Speaking at The Chicago Lighthouse Wednesday, Quinn said buying a ticket "was a great investment, win or lose."

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Director Erica Borggren said it's a "very tangible way" to thank veterans for their service.

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