Lottery program raises $150,000 for Washington veterans
January 30, 2012
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 30, 2012
Washington’s Lottery contributed $150,000 to the state Department of Veterans Affairs after amassing the dollars through a special lottery program.
The lottery launched the Hometown Heroes Raffle last year. The $10 raffle tickets benefited the state’s Veterans Innovations Program. The service provides crisis and emergency relief, plus education, training and employment assistance for Washington veterans returning from post-9/11 conflicts.
Consumers purchased 98 percent 300,000 Hometown Heroes Raffle tickets. Officials announced the total Jan. 17.
“The Hometown Heroes Raffle created a way for the Veterans Innovations Program to continue to assist Washington’s veterans where previously there was no future funding available,” Department of Veterans Affairs Director John Lee said in a statement. “We’re very thankful to have the lottery as a partner. With their help we can continue to serve the men and women in our state who have served us so bravely.”
State lottery officials plan to make another contribution to the program in the months ahead after calculating unclaimed prizes and total costs.
“These brave men and women have selflessly served here at home and abroad, we’re doing everything we can do ensure they receive the most funding as possible from the game’s ticket sales.” said Bill Hanson, director of Washington’s Lottery.