BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — American Legion groups in Illinois are selling Illinois Lottery scratch-off tickets to members.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation last year allowing veterans service groups to sell lottery tickets for games supporting Illinois veterans.

The American Legion received the first lottery sales license awarded to a veterans group.

The Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs has awarded more than 151 grants totaling nearly $8 million from the ticket proceeds.

Each ticket costs $2 and has a top prize of $20,000.

Copyright Associated Press

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