GLENDALE–Honoring the invitation of the Western US Executive Body of the All-Armenian Artsakh Lottery–numerous organizations gathered at Kix restaurant in Glendale to obtain information regarding the All-Armenian Lottery and receive their share of lottery tickets to be sold–on Monday–February 9.
Among those present at the gathering were Prelate Moushegh Mardirossian of the Armenian Apostolic Church of the Western US; Primate Vatche Hovsepian of the Armenian Apostolic Church of the Western US; Father Rafael Minassian of the Armenian Catholic Church; and although absent from the event–Pastor Kupelian of the Armenian Evangelical Church–had offered his full support to the project. Also in attendance were almost 100 members of humanitarian–athletic–cultural–and patriotic organizations.
Archbishop Hovsepian encouraged all organizations to participate in this project and pledged to assist all those organizations who were not in attendance at the informative meeting. The Primate also noted that he would provide all churches with specific information with regard to the dissemination of the lottery tickets.
Archbishop Mardirossian pledged the complete support of the Western Prelacy and all churches–schools and working bodies affiliated with it.
On behalf of the Catholic Armenian community–Father Rafael Minassian also promised assistance to the project.
Master of Ceremonies Garo Khandjian then announced the names of those organizations which were to be held responsible for the highest amount of lottery tickets.
Chairman of the Western US Executive Body of the All-Armenian Artsakh Lottery Mardig Gaboudian said that pledges made before and during the event would result in the undertaking of 50,000 lottery tickets.
A list of organizations and number of lottery tickets for which they are responsible will be made public in the near future. California is scheduled to sell 50-80,000 lottery tickets.
All organizations accept the lottery tickets with an understanding that they cannot be returned–and therefore it can be assumed that thusfar nearly 50,000 tickets have been sold.