FILE - Ticket for a cure

The Illinois Lottery has announced the return of an annual instant game to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Annually, the Illinois Lottery’s Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure program raises funding and awareness for breast cancer research.

Illinois Lottery spokesman Jason Schaumburg said 100 percent of the profits from ticket sales will go to support breast cancer research and awareness in the state. The funds will go to organizations throughout Illinois that help fight breast cancer. The money will be distributed in the form of Illinois Department of Public Health grants. The grants were designed to help fund medical research, increase breast cancer awareness and aid organizations fighting breast cancer across the state.

Tickets cost $3. The Illinois Lottery is offering three top prizes of $50,000 each. The Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure is available at the more than 7,200 Illinois Lottery retailers across the state. The tickets will be available for sale until the top prizes are given out.

"Since its inception, this ticket has raised more than $13 million to support breast cancer research, awareness and education in Illinois," Illinois Lottery Acting Director Harold Mays said. “The Illinois Lottery is committed to supporting good causes like this, and the Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure gives players a unique opportunity to join the fight.”

The Ticket for the Cure was first introduced in 2006 and renamed the “Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure” in 2011. Carolyn Adams was the Illinois Lottery Superintendent from 2003 to 2007. She died from breast cancer in 2007. Lottery officials credit Adams as an instrumental part of helping to write legislation that led to the Ticket for the Cure.

"On average, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes," said Sue Armato, executive director of the Cancer Support Center in Mokena.

Armato credited the lottery program with helping the center offer services to breast cancer patients.

“Our programs, resources and services are invaluable to those we serve in the cancer community, and the funds we have received from the Ticket for the Cure help support those efforts,” she said.

Staff Writer

A Chicago area radio news veteran, Jim Moran covers statewide issues for The Center Square. Previously, he has worked as a news reporter/anchor and traffic reporter for numerous radio stations across Illinois and the St. Louis metro area.