- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - A new version of an Illinois Lottery game that raises money for Special Olympics sports training programs has been launched.

The Special Olympics Ticket costs $3 and offers four instant prizes of $50,000. Net proceeds, after prize payouts and expenses, go to Special Olympics programs that serve more than 40,000 athletes in Illinois.

Illinois Lottery officials say the game is expected to raise about $1 million.

The Special Olympics Lottery game was created in 2014 by Illinois lawmakers. Other special cause instant games offered by the Lottery raise money for Illinois veterans, the fight against breast cancer, assistance for people living with HIV or AIDS and research on multiple sclerosis.

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