The Illinois Lottery has expanded its range of instant tickets to include a new game that will raise funds for science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) programmes in public schools in Illinois.
The Booming Bucks instant ticket costs $2 and gives players the chance to win up to $20,000, with all proceeds benefiting the School STEAM Grant Program which will be developed and run by the Illinois State Board of Education.
The initiative will promote STEAM programming for K-12 students, especially in lower income communities, with priority being provided to programmes that offer hands-on training and emphasis on attracting female students to join STEAM fields.
Illinois Lottery director Harold Mays said: “The Illinois Lottery is proud to support the learning and development of K-12 students across the state of Illinois with our new speciality ticket. The STEAM programs funded by Booming Bucks will inspire creativity, collaboration, and innovation to foster a brighter future for our students and our state.”
Illinois is the first U.S. state lottery to introduce an instant ticket expressly promoting STEAM programming, followed by the Illinois General Assembly and State Senator Iris Martinez support.
State Superintendent of Education Dr Carmen Ayala said: “We are grateful to the General Assembly for creating this opportunity to fund STEAM programs in Illinois schools.
“To get more women and people of colour into science and engineering, we have to start young. This special lottery ticket will support inclusive, exciting, and hands-on learning for students to jump-start their exposure to STEAM careers.”
Senator Martinez added: “By creating an additional source, through the Illinois Lottery, to provide more funds for STEAM programs in undeserved school districts, residents have a new opportunity to support our students. I commend this initiative and encourage all who can to test their luck on this new ticket, directly benefiting students in communities of colon.”
Booming Bucks is one of nine instant ticket games in the portfolio of the Illinois Lottery expressly supportive of special causes.
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