New Ill. Lottery game marks World AIDS Day

December 1, 2009 (CHICAGO) It's a new quality of life scratch-off ticket called "Red Ribbon Bonus Bucks." Tickets cost $2. The top prize is $20,000. All proceeds will fund HIV/AIDS prevention education and awareness across Illinois.

Congressman Danny Davis was at Tuesday's event and credited Aids activists for coming up with the lottery idea.

"They took it to the Illinois General Assembly, they lobbied for its passage, they got it passed. it was their idea, it didn't come from anybody else and every time you buy one of those tickets you're helping stop the spread of HIV and AIDS," said Rep. Danny Davis, (D) Chicago.

Illinois has the nation's seventh highest number of reported AIDS cases since 1981.

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