ILLINOIS- The Illinois lottery is now taking action to help find missing children. The agency will begin broadcasting amber alerts through its retailers. Lottery Director Michael Jones says the organization will advertise monitors in more than 8,200 retailers to notify customers about abducted children. The Amber Alert program is a voluntary partnership among law enforcement agencies, broadcasters and the National Weather Service that spreads the word about the most serious abduction cases. During an alert the message will be displayed along with photos of the child on in-store display monitors.
Illinois State Police District 8 Trooper Lanny Finn says, “We find it extremely beneficial. There are some 8,200 machines that will have a monitoring system. So, with the monitoring systems being on interstates and direct highways and things like that, it'll help us get the word out better.”
The Amber Alert message will be repeated for 20 seconds every minute or so until the alert is canceled. Officials say a majority of lottery retailers are located near highways which will help spread the messages.