Play to help end MS
The Illinois Lottery’s MS instant win scratch off ticket is now on sale at all statewide retailers. Tickets can be found at local retailers starting in March and cost $3. The top winning prize is $50,000!
The Illinois Lottery lets you make a difference to the many Illinois residents affected by multiple sclerosis by donating the proceeds from the purchase of the Illinois Lottery MS Project Instant Ticket to fund MS research.
All net proceeds from ticket sales go into the Illinois Lottery’s MS Research Fund. Research grants are distributed from the fund to neurologists, scientists, and other medical professionals at statewide institutions whose work is focused on multiple sclerosis research.
The history of the MS lottery ticket
The first MS lottery ticket was issued in 2008 following the creation of 20 ILCS 1605/21.7(SB764 and Public Act 095-0673). The MS ticket is one of five specialty scratch-off tickets in Illinois that benefit charitable causes/organizations (Veterans, HIV/AIDS, Breast Cancer, Special Olympics). The law created not only the ticket, but also the MS Research Fund within the Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) budget. Since that time, more than $9.5 million has been raised for MS research. Each year, the ticket raises over $600,000 in net revenue for the fund. Prospective grantees apply through the National MS Society research portal and peer review process; approved grants from Illinois are funded by the NMSS research pool. The Greater Illinois Chapter has created a process through IDPH to obtain the lottery funds which are then channeled back to the National MS Society to replenish the pool. Amended legislation in 2013 changed the bill’s language to include “research to understand triggers and processes leading to that damage” which further expands the breadth of statewide research projects that can be funded through the lottery money. In addition, the same legislation increased annual grant allocations from the fund up to $2 million (from $1 million) per year.