CHICAGO (WREX) — The Illinois Lottery has launched its annual Red Ribbon Cash instant ticket to raise money for HIV/AIDS prevention education.
Since 2008, the lottery says this ticket has helped raise more than $8 million for HIV/AIDS prevention education.
Funds raised by the Red Ribbon Cash instant ticket are distributed by the Illinois Department of Public Health to Illinois organizations that work on HIV/AIDS prevention, education and treatment.
Illinois ranks in the top 10 nationwide for states with the highest rate of HIV/AIDS, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
“Continuing to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS research and services is critical to our newly launched Getting to Zero Illinois Plan,” Illinois Department of Public Health Acting Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said. “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, and players can win up to $50,000. The lottery says 100% of profits from ticket sales go toward an Illinois free of HIV/AIDS.