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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
"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
- 40% - Kansas National Guard Education Assistance Act
- 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
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:
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.