Gary Stein, an independent candidate for the 2nd district in the state Assembly, in November, is calling for a special lottery to raise money to support the businesses affected by Thursday’s fire on the boardwalk in Seaside and Seaside Heights.

Any leftover money could be used for funding for open space preservation, he said.

“I've never purchased a lottery ticket but would eagerly buy several or more even had someone other than me proposed this idea,” Stein said in a statement. “It's my opinion that sales for this one time lottery drawing would be off the charts and the news surrounding this event would draw favorable attention across the country.”

The second district covers most of Atlantic County.