The Georgia Lottery was created in November 1992 by the people of Georgia to enhance educational funding. The Lottery for Education Act created the Georgia Lottery Corporation (GLC) to oversee and operate the lottery.
The GLC has experienced unprecedented sales and returns to education in its 27-year operation - with net sales almost reaching $80 billion. Since its inception, the GLC has transferred nearly $22.7 billion to the State Treasury's Lottery for Education Account.
Georgia Lottery proceeds are used to fund specific education programs: 1) Tuition grants and scholarships to undergraduate college students for attendance at eligible Georgia colleges, universities, or technical colleges; 2) The Georgia Prekindergarten Program for all 4-year-olds; Formerly, lottery funds were also directed to capital outlay projects including computer and other technological upgrades for schools, technical institutes, colleges and universities in the state.
More than 1.9 million students have been able to attend colleges through Georgia's HOPE scholarship program; more than 1.6 million four-year-olds have attended Georgia's Prekindergarten Program; and all of Georgia's public schools have benefited from over $1.8 billion in capital outlay, computer and technology upgrades.
Currently, the Georgia Lottery offers approximately 90 instant games and 11 draw, or computerized, games - CASH 3, CASH 4, Georgia FIVE, Cash4Life, Fantasy 5, Jumbo Bucks Lotto, Mega Millions, Powerball, Print n Play and KENO!. Additionally, the Georgia Lottery offers online play with DIGGI games for players located in Georgia.
The Georgia Lottery Corporation currently has eight district offices. They are located in Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Duluth, Macon, Savannah and Tifton. The GLC currently employs approximately 370 people statewide, and lottery tickets are now being sold at approximately 8,600 authorized retail locations in Georgia.