Regional
4:56 pm
Tue January 27, 2004

Veteran's Lottery Game Stalled by House Committee

Frankfort, KY – A bill to create a lottery scratch-off game to
raise money for veterans' programs has
stalled in a House Committee. The proposal
was backed by General Les Beavers, the
Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of
Veteran's Affairs.

Beavers says the lottery money generated by the
game would help to meet the needs of the state's
large, graying veterans' population. Half of the money
from the "Kentucky Veterans Benefit Game" would
go into a state trust fund for veterans' programs.
The Kentucky Lottery Corporation would keep the
other half.

Beavers says veterans' nursing homes are filled
and have waiting lists.

The Bill failed to get out of the House Seniors, Military
Affairs, and Public Safety Committee. Representative
Tom Riner of Louisville says the bill was well-intentioned,
but would expand gambling in the state.