The Texas Lottery released a new round of Veterans Cash scratch-off tickets this week. They claim that 100 percent of the proceeds go to the Texas Veterans Commission, but questions have been raised in the past about where the funds really go.
KCBD investigated the lottery last year and found that the money they claimed was going straight to education was actually going into one big state pot.
So we wanted to see if Veterans really were winning when Texans played.
The Honoring Those Who Served tickets are the sixth version that the Texas Lottery has put out since its creation in 2009.
Rep. Charles Perry told us this is one program that we can trust
"It's the veterans. People want to support the veterans and Texas has the biggest veterans population in the country."
Lubbock Army veteran Alfonso Perez, who served in Iraq, said he was skeptical of the program and thinks there needs to be a third party monitoring it.
"We've been through a lot. We've sacrificed a lot and we don't want a veteran being taken advantage of," Perez said.
The Texas Veterans Commission told us that all the money from the game goes straight into their account. They then give it to local organizations, helping them with counseling, housing and financial needs.
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