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IT DOESN’T
TAKE
A
GENIUS
TO KNOW THAT WHEN YOU PLAY,
GEORGIA’S KIDS WIN.
It’s elementary, actually. See, every time you play the Lottery, you’re helping our
kids get one step closer to their dreams. For over 20 years the Georgia Lottery
has contributed more than $19 billion to education. On top of that, more than
1.8 million HOPE scholars have gone to college and more than 1.6 million fouryear-olds have attended a Lottery-funded Pre-K Program. Add those numbers
up and, well, let’s just say that’s a hair-raising number of happy kids.
uly marks the end of the Georgia Lottery Corp.’s
year-long celebration of its 25th anniversary. The
Georgia Lottery’s 25 years of success is a milestone
that all Georgians can celebrate. Georgia’s students,
schools and communities have benefitted and are
stronger because of the opportunities provided by the lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship and Pre-K programs.
Indeed, the direct impact lottery funds have had on the
lives of millions of Georgia families is extraordinary.
The Georgia Lottery’s Silver Anniversary also serves
as an opportunity to recognize those
who have and continue to support and
partner with us. Success does not happen by chance— and the lottery’s
record of accomplishment is the result
of collaborative efforts. Our players,
retailers, board of directors, employees,
education and business partners, legislators and governors from Gov. Zell
Miller to Gov. Brian Kemp have all
played an integral role in ensuring the
immediate and long-term viability of
the educational programs funded with
lottery dollars.
What began as the vision of former
Governor Miller— to create a lottery for education— is
now a model that lotteries around the world seek to emulate. Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery has returned
more than $20 billion to the state of Georgia for education— exceeding all expectations.
All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s nationally-recognized HOPE Scholarship and Pre-K programs. More than
1.8 million students have received HOPE, and more than
1.6 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program. During each day of operations the Georgia Lottery generates $3 million for
Georgia students. Of the 180 publicly-operated lotteries in
over 100 countries worldwide, the Georgia Lottery ranks
No. 5 in per capita sales globally and returns double the
national average in per capita dollars to beneficiaries.
We share in the joy of millions of lottery players having won more than $45 billion in lottery prizes over time
and applaud the work of our retail partners who have
earned more than $5 billion in commissions. And we
have watched the impact on economic development that
lottery funds have had in our state. Businesses and
employers looking to expand or relocate to Georgia now know that thanks
to HOPE they will acquire a skilled,
educated workforce and that their
employees and their children can benefit from lottery-funded educational
programs.
The demand for HOPE and Pre-K
continues to grow so our focus
remains on growing our business.
From maintaining relevance at retail
as a mature lottery, to expanding corporate business development, to the
introduction of new products and promotions, to our growing interactive
and mobile sales channel— the commitment of the
Georgia Lottery to responsibly raise revenues is as strong
today as it was on day one.
As excited as we are looking forward to the next generation of HOPE Scholars and Pre-K students, we are
equally appreciative of the efforts over the last 25 years
by so many to make dreams realities.
Thank you Georgia!
Gretchen Corbin became president and CEO of the Georgia Lottery
Corp. in 2017 and previously served as commissioner of the state’s
technical college system and, before that, commissioner of the
Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
IT DOESN’T TAKE A GENIUS TO
KNOW THAT WHEN YOU PLAY,
GEORGIA’S KIDS WIN.
galottery.com
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