Wednesday, July 16, 2014
ATLANTA – Georgia Lottery Corp. officials announced today its fiscal year returns to education with record-breaking results. Fiscal year 2014 transfers to the State Treasury’s Lottery for Education Account will amount to $945,097,000, surpassing last year’s record transfer by more than $17.6 million.
This brings the total raised for education in the state of Georgia to more than $15.5 billion since the lottery’s inception in 1993.
“With a collective effort from lottery employees, our quality retailers, vendor partners and loyal customers, we have once again contributed record dollars to Georgia’s HOPE and Pre-K programs,”
Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford said. “We remain focused on our mission to responsibly maximize revenues for these important educational programs.”
The Georgia Lottery celebrated its 20th anniversary in fiscal year 2014 with commemorative instant games, introducing a successful second-chance promotion with $1 and $2 instant games. Other exciting new games and promotions throughout the year included the launch of All or Nothing in March, the Georgia Lottery’s first new draw game in four years. Additionally, the Georgia Lottery Corp. assumed responsibilities for licensing and regulating coin operated amusement machines in Georgia.
The second-largest U.S. jackpot prize was won in December when the Georgia Lottery awarded half of a $648 million Mega Millions jackpot prize to a Stone Mountain woman. It is the largest prize awarded in the Georgia Lottery’s history. In addition, 86 Georgia Lottery players won prizes of $1 million or more.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15.5 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.
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