Missouri voters reject lottery to help veterans

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Voters have rejected a ballot measure that would have created a Missouri Lottery scratch-off ticket with net proceeds designated to help veterans.

Amendment 8 was defeated Tuesday as voters went to the polls for the primary. Proceeds would have gone toward improving veterans’ homes and cemeteries in Missouri.
Since 1994, all proceeds from lottery tickets in Missouri have gone to education. The lottery has raised more than $4.5 billion since it was created nearly 30 years ago.
There were no estimates of how much the new ticket would have generated. Supporters called it a good way to support aging veterans. Critics contended the state shouldn’t rely on the lottery to help those who served the country. Some also worried the new ticket would take money from other games and cut into school funding.