Texas Lottery unveils $2 veterans scratch-offs

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Two days before Veterans Day, the Texas Lottery will start selling $2 scratch-off tickets for veterans.

The state on Nov. 9 will roll out Veterans Cash scratch-offs, becoming the first such ticket dedicated to a cause other than public education. Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and Rep. Chris Turner, D-Burleson, said Monday the dedicated ticket was created under a new state law and was a tough sell.

Veterans groups plan to let their members know about the new game. More than 8.1 million tickets have been printed,  comparable to other $2 games. The top cash award is $20,000 and the new game is expected to bring in $9 million annually for veterans.