Weekly Highlight: the Georgia Lottery
In 1993, the Georgia Lottery began by selling lottery tickets, setting a new record with more than 52 million tickets sold in their first week. Now 20 years later, we look at all the Georgia Lottery has accomplished.
The first tickets were sold on June 29, 1993, and since then the Georgia Lottery has been selling lottery tickets to players 18 and up. Since then, the Georgia Lottery has successfully provided residents with fun games, all benefitting the state through education. At any given time, the lottery offers an average of 40-45 scratch-off games with varying themes, prizes and costs. Along with scratch-offs, the lottery also offers draw games, including Mega Millions and Powerball. Along with the popular multi-state game, Georgia also features Cash 3, Cash 4, Georgia Five, Decades of Dollars, Win For Life, and Fantasy 5 Draw games. If that isn’t enough, Georgia also provides lottery players with Keno, giving them endless ways to play and win.
Since its inception, the Georgia Lottery has promised to help fund educational programs in the state. The Georgia Lottery provides funds for the HOPE Scholarship program as well as Georgia’s PRe-K Program. Both of these programs help student expand their education by either getting their learning started early, or allowing their education to continue. The HOPE Scholarship program has helped more than 1.6 million students receive scholarships, with a total of $7 billion in lottery proceeds. In addition to continuing education, the Georgia Lottery understands the importance of getting students ready for school before Kindergarten. The Georgia Pre-K program helps four-year-olds prepare for the transition to becoming a big kid. In 20 years, the Georgia Lottery has provided more than $4 billion to allow more than 1.2 million kids start learning as soon as possible.
This past year, the Georgia Lottery gave record profits to education. In the 2012 fiscal year, the lottery reported more than $927 million for HOPE Scholarships and the Georgia Pre-K Program. These high profits were due in large parts to the growing jackpots of Powerball. These profits helped the Georgia Lottery welcome 20 years of giving back and expanding education for Georgians.
Currently, the Georgia Lottery is offering Play it Again. This game features monthly prizes, with different prizes each month for a year. Each month there is one grand prize winner as well as 4 other winners. The prizes for the August Play it Again are now available, and ready to be won!
Visit the Georgia Lottery website for more information on educational programs, Play it Again, and other games provided for Georgia Residents. See how the lottery is helping make Georgia a great place to be for 20 years!