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New lottery game will fund MS research

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SPRINGFIELD -- Proceeds from the newest Illinois Lottery game will be used to fund research into multiple sclerosis.

Lottery officials announced the new MS Project game on Thursday. They say the tickets cost $2 and have cash instant prizes ranging from $2 to $20,000.

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The officials say the game could generate more than $1 million this year to support research programs.

Michael Jones is director of the Illinois Lottery. He says if someone buys an MS Project instant ticket, they're helping people who have this "devastating disease."

The legislature requires the lottery to fund so-called special causes. Money from the MS Project game goes to the National MS Society, which awards grants to Illinois organizations conducting research.

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