Published: October 7, 2019

Illinois Lottery launches the newest edition of the Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure instant game


October 7, 2019

Media Contact: Jason Schaumburg (312) 793-3034



Specialty game has raised more than $13 million in the fight against breast cancer

 CHICAGO – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Illinois Lottery has launched the newest edition of the Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure instant game, which helps raise funds in support of the fight against breast cancer in Illinois.

 "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.” 

One hundred percent of the profits from the Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure go to organizations throughout the state that help fight breast cancer in Illinois in the form of Illinois Department of Public Health grants. These grants help fund medical research, increase breast cancer awareness and aid organizations fighting breast cancer across the state. 

“As the fight against breast cancer continues, it’s important to note the strides we have made in raising awareness and providing support to those affected.” said IDPH Director Ngozi Ezike, M.D. “This program has benefitted so many of our most vulnerable communities in the fight against breast cancer, and we are excited to continue to be able to serve these communities with the proceeds from this Ticket for the Cure.” 

"On average, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes," said Sue Armato, Executive Director at The Cancer Support Center, a Mokena-based center that provides support and guidance to those living with a cancer diagnosis in the form of therapeutic and wellness programs. “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.”

 The first Ticket for the Cure launched in 2006. It was renamed the “Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure” in 2011 in honor of former Illinois Lottery Superintendent (2003-2007) Carolyn Adams, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2007. Adams was instrumental in helping write legislation that led to the Ticket for the Cure.

 Each Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure costs $3. The ticket features a top prize of $50,000, and it is available for purchase at the more than 7,200 Illinois Lottery retailers across the state. 

For more information from IDPH about breast cancer and screenings in Illinois, click here.


About Illinois Lottery:

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed more than $21 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Special Olympics, police memorials and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for all draw-based Illinois Lottery games at Players must be at least 18 years old. 

About the Cancer Support Center:

The Cancer Support Center is here to give strength, guidance and support to anyone living with a cancer diagnosis, as well as to their loved ones. We do this as a community-based, volunteer-driven, donor-supported organization. Our programs, resources and services are always delivered by professional therapists, counselors, nutritionists, and experts; and are provided in a warm, welcoming and nurturing setting at no cost to participants. For more information, please visit


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