Veterans Day 50/50 Raffle: Who’s really winning?

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) – It was a very happening Veterans Day in Michigan after one person won over $1 million in the Veterans Day 50/50 Raffle.

It’s a new game where 3 percent of proceeds will help support Michigan veterans. While it may be a small ‘net’ of cash, local veterans are not complaining.

“Three percent of something going towards a good veteran organization is something we should all be happy for,” said veteran Mark Sutton.

On Thursday, the winning numbers were drawn. In total, a little over $75,000 will be awarded to the National Guard Association of Michigan. It’s all thanks to a special licensing agreement developed between the Michigan lottery and the veterans association. But why 3 percent?

“Again we have to work within state law and we can’t just on our own say for this game this group should get more,” said Jeff Holyfield at the Michigan Lottery.

Across the country that’s not exactly the case. In Illinois when you play the game Veterans Cash, 100 percent of the profits directly benefit local veterans.

“In other states it’s not spelled out in state law like it is for us – that says if it’s a lottery game all net proceeds go to the school aid fund, said Holyfield.

While some veterans are happy with the extra cash, they say this is a problem the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and national government should be handling on their own.

“There shouldn’t have to be donations to veterans to make their lives better, it should be taken care of when they leave the military,” said U.S. Marine Corps veteran Dakota Serna.

But through it all, veterans here in mid-Michigan are proud local organization are supporting their cause.

“It’s amazing and it really touches me in the bottom of my heart that people will actually generously give money to help out that problem, ” said Serna.

Because every step moving forward, no matter how small, it is step in the right direction.

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