As we reflect on the Georgia Lottery Corp.’s 25th anniversary this year, I would like to pause to share with readers that the state of your Georgia Lottery is incredibly strong. Since its inception in 1993, it has returned more than $19.8 billion to the state for education. On average, the Georgia Lottery raises more than $3 million every day for the HOPE Scholarship program and Pre-K program. Indeed, there have been more than 3.4 million students who have benefited from these two programs.
Gov. Zell Miller envisioned a lottery with proceeds that would supplement, not supplant, dollars for education. He was convinced that, if we could provide students with a high-quality start to their education through Pre-K, and then give the best and brightest students a reason to stay in Georgia on HOPE, chances were that they would remain here, work here, create jobs here, and raise families here– thus making Georgia stronger.
The Georgia Lottery has lived up to the vision and the promise made to Georgians. It is also a national model. With all Georgia Lottery profits benefiting HOPE and Pre-K, the vision and desire of Georgians endure in the millions of students and their families who have been positively impacted by these educational programs.
I’d like to thank our players, retail partners, corporate partners, Georgia Lottery team members–some who have been with us for 25 years– and our board of directors. Working with our vendor partners, we actively develop and introduce new games to attract a broad spectrum of players. There are over 8,600 retail partners across the state that offer our products– and 75 percent of those are small businesses.
Also, we would not be here today without our education partners including the Georgia Student Finance Commission, which administers HOPE, and Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, which administers Pre-K.
We look forward to working with you to continue to provide opportunities to Georgia’s students.
Furthermore, I love a good call to action. So let me remind you: Stop by a Georgia Lottery retailer, visit the Georgia Lottery website, or download the Georgia Lottery app today to buy a Georgia Lottery ticket to invest in our students.
Gretchen Corbin is the president & CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corp.