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California Highway Patrol, Lottery Strike Amber Alert Partnership

Nearly 20,000 California Lottery retailers will now be part of the Amber Alert system.

by / March 11, 2003
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Gray Davis launched a new partnership between the California Lottery and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to allow Amber Alerts to be transmitted to the nearly 20,000 convenience stores, supermarkets, and other locations where lottery tickets are sold.

"This new partnership will allow us to add thousands of Californians to a search party at the push of a button," said Gov. Davis, in a statement.

Under the new program, the CHP will relay Amber Alert information to the California Lottery. The Lottery will instantly post messages on 2,800 terminals, scrolling electronic (LED readouts), 5,600 "Hot Spot" monitors (TV screens) and on printed material at nearly 20,000 lottery ticket outlets throughout the state.

Gov. Davis implemented the statewide Amber Alert system on July 24, 2002 to better coordinate the dozens of state and local law enforcement efforts to prevent and find abducted children.

Since its inception, Davis' office said the Amber Alert system has been activated 21 times, and all 24 children involved in these cases have been rescued or found safe.