WINSLOW, AZ - The Arizona lottery is making winners out of more families and non-profits than you can imagine.
Jay Rominger grew up in Arizona and after 25 years with the FBI recently retired and returned to the state.
He was looking for a way to give back to the community and became a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Navajo County.
Rominger was paired up with 13-year-old Michael Harrison who has been in the foster care system for five years after suffering years of abuse and neglect.
As a CASA volunteer, Rominger provides Michael someone to talk to and is an advocate for him in court proceedings.
The majority of funding for the CASA system in Arizona comes from the Arizona lottery.
CASA of AZ Outreach Specialist Renee Espinoza says there are over 11,000 children in foster care system currently.
“It’s really because of the Arizona Lottery funding that we are able to be statewide, so it is important that we have that support from the community to help us be able to serve these children,” Espinoza said.
And one of the best parts about that system is the relationships built between volunteer and child, like Rominger and Michael.
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