Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Anti-Gambling Crusader Wins $25K in Gaming Sweepstakes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Anti-Gambling Crusader Wins $25K in Gaming Sweepstakes

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CHICAGO * A suburban Chicago woman who has crusaded against gambling for decades has won $25,000 by playing a sweepstakes game at a gambling cafe.

Kathy Gilroy, 68, told the Chicago Tribune that while it's ironic she won the sweepstakes, the distinction is that she didn't spend her own money to gamble. She enters sweepstakes because, by state law, they must be made available free of charge.

Gilroy has said gambling can lead to addiction, bankruptcy, crime and suicide. She helped shut down a $1.6 million Queen of Hearts raffle put on by the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in rural Morris, Ill., this year until the raffle was properly licensed.

Gilroy said she has participated in other sweepstakes and won prizes, including electronics and trips to the Bahamas and California.

Morris VFW Commander Jerry Zeborowski said he was baffled to hear that Gilroy won the sweepstakes.

"It's ironic that someone who's anti-gambling would enter something like that," Zeborowski said. …

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