CHICAGO - This week is Lottery Week, which is a celebration of the role lotteries play in generating essential funding for their communities.

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Lottery Week runs from July 17th to 23rd and is a celebration of lotteries across the United States and Canada, in acknowledgment of their collective contributions to the communities they serve.

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“The Illinois Lottery has been part of local communities across the State of Illinois for almost 50 years with the primary purpose of generating funding to support K-12 education across the State,” said Harold Mays, Lottery Director.

“When people play the Lottery, it’s a win for our state. Since 1985, Lottery players have helped generate more than $23 billion in essential revenue for the Common School Fund, which goes to support thousands of schools across the state.”

“That’s a big win for the two million public school students and their families. About a quarter of every dollar spent on the Lottery goes to schools and other good causes,” added Mays.

The Illinois Lottery is a proud supporter of a number of other local good causes, including Special Olympics, breast cancer research, Veterans, homelessness prevention, HIV/AIDS research, MS, Althizemers, and Police memorials.

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