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Cox: Raise lottery ticket prices for schools

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State schools Superintendent Kathy Cox State schools Superintendent Kathy Cox

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – State schools Superintendent Kathy Cox says lottery ticket prices should be raised to help pay for K-12 education in Georgia.

Cox said during an appearance Friday on CNN that hiking the price by just 50 cents per ticket could raise $350 million to help fill a massive hole left by state budget cuts.

The state constitution already allows lottery revenue to go to technology and buildings for elementary and high schools, but lawmakers stopped allotting that money in 2003.

The state's education budget has been slashed by nearly one billion in the past 19 months.

Cox, a Republican, is running for her third term as state school chief.

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