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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

GOV, Yarbrough proposes gambling money for AIDS prevention [7th REP]

Rep. Karen Yarbrough has introduced legislation to create a scratch-off lottery ticket to fund AIDS education and prevention. See Bloomington Pantagraph (Blackwell Thomas).
Yarbrough’s proposal, which could be debated by state lawmakers this spring, is not the first cause-specific lottery the state has used. So far, lotteries for breast cancer research and veterans issues have raised $3.3 million and $2.8 million, respectively.

“I am not a proponent of gambling,” [Yarbrough] said. “But, looking at the numbers, I had to set aside my prejudices.”

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