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DATE: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
CONTACT: Sally Lunsford 785-296-5708

Kansas Lottery Sets New Record for Veterans Games in FY14; Gov. Brownback and Beneficiaries Attend Check Presentations

The Kansas Lottery has set a new record for money transferred from the sale of Veterans Games in a single year. Proceeds from $1 and $2 Veterans scratch tickets pay for programs that provide direct assistance to Kansas military veterans. The Lottery provided nearly$1.8 millionfor these programs in Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014).

To celebrate the Kansas Lottery's record transfer of $1,795,055 to these programs, Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta presented ceremonial checks to the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs Office and the Kansas National Guard July 16.  Governor Sam Brownback also attended the presentations and noted the importance of showing appreciation to Kansas veterans for their service.

"Kansas veterans, through their military service and the sacrifices made by them and their families, have safeguarded the freedoms we enjoy today," said Governor Brownback. "Kansans are able to show their appreciation to our veterans by supporting Kansas Lottery veterans' games."

The current distribution of proceeds from Veterans Games is:

  • 30% - Veterans Enhanced Service Delivery Program (mobile vans)
  • 40% - Kansas National Guard Education Assistance Act Scholarships
  • 30% - Kansas Veterans Homes and Cemetery System

The check presentations to veterans' organizations took place at the Kwik Shop at 21st and Belle in Topeka, where one of two mobile vans paid for with Veterans Games proceeds was on hand to provide services to veterans and their families.

"The Enhanced Service Mobile Delivery Program is a key program funded by lottery ticket sales, bringing service to veterans in rural communities across Kansas. The program, funded 100% by the sale of veterans' tickets, has increased our ability to better serve veterans and their families in rural communities," said Gregg Burden, Executive Director of the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs Office.  "Because of these funds our organization has been able to travel to over 370 communities and meet with 6,025 veterans and family members to offer assistance.  Lottery ticket sales also support our two veteran nursing facilities in Winfield and Ft. Dodge and our four state veteran cemeteries."

"We're thrilled to see so many Kansans supporting our troops through the purchase of these tickets," said Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, Kansas Adjutant General. "Our military members make great sacrifices and the proceeds from these games help them with many needed services."

The Kansas Lottery is in its 12th year of selling Veterans Games and has transferred more than $12 million to veterans programs thus far.

"The Kansas Lottery is proud to create revenue for important veterans programs," said Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta. "We encourage our players to show support for our Kansas military veterans by purchasing these tickets at their favorite lottery retailers."

Veterans scratch tickets are like any other instant games in terms of prize structure and payouts. The only difference is the net revenue from these games goes directly to programs to help our state's military veterans.

Veterans Games transfers by year:

FY04   $632,695
FY05   $701,164
FY06   $717,113
FY07   $913,138
FY08   $880,163
FY09   $1,629,958
FY10   $1,030,443
FY11   $755,687
FY12   $1,352,562
FY13   $1,594,127
FY14   $1,795,054
Total  $12,002,104

Veterans Games currently for sale include: $1 Lucky Stars, $1 Red, White & Blue, $2 Tanks of $200s and $2 Lucky 7's.  All Veterans tickets have a special stamp on the back that designates them as such.




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