RI Putting the ‘Tick’ in Lottery Ticket

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island may soon offer an instant lottery game called “Scratch-A-Tick” to raise money to fight tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease.

Legislation that would create the new lottery game was the subject of a legislative hearing Wednesday.

Up to $200,000 in proceeds from the game would go to tick-disease prevention and research efforts at the University of Rhode Island's Center for Vector-Borne Disease and Tick Encounter
Resource Center.

According to the center, Rhode Island ranks second in the nation after Connecticut for per-capita incidence of tick-transmitted diseases like Lyme disease.

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