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Illinois Lottery Releases New MS Ticket, Dash! For Cash
Date:4/6/2009

More than $1.4 million generated to fund multiple sclerosis research

CHICAGO, April 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Illinois Lottery is encouraging the public to continue their support for MS education and awareness by purchasing the newest $2 instant ticket called "Dash! For Cash." On March 4, 2009, the Lottery released "Dash! For Cash" to continue the "movement" to "scratch-out" multiple sclerosis. "Dash! For Cash" is the second instant game created to support the nation's first-ever lottery ticket where 100 percent of the net proceeds are used to help create a world free of MS.

"To date, the first MS ticket has generated more than $1.4 million," said Illinois Lottery Acting Superintendent Jodie Winnett. "We are encouraging our current player base to purchase this ticket, and new players to support this cause as well."

Activists from the National MS Society, Greater Illinois and Gateway Area chapters, which represent more than 20,000 people in Illinois, helped change the way legislators view multiple sclerosis. The new ticket will provide funding for the Illinois Multiple Sclerosis Research Fund. The earmarked funds from the sale of "Dash! For Cash" instant tickets will support much needed research that will help us provide better care through understanding the disease and some day discover a cure.

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable neurological disease that interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the rest of the body, and can severely limit an individual's ability to move. There are at least 400,000 Americans living with MS, and every week about 200 new people are diagnosed with the disease -- more than one person an hour. Approximately 20,000 people and their families are living with multiple sclerosis in Illinois.

"The National MS Society is 100 percent committed to finding a cure for MS," said National MS Society, Greater Illinois Chapter Pres
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