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Georgia Lottery reaches 10

June 22, 2003

Albany - The Georgia Lottery celebrates its tenth anniversary this week. On June 29th, 1993, the first lottery ticket in Georgia was sold to Governor Zell Miller. The lottery came under heavy criticism by churches and anti gambling groups.

Over the past ten years, more than $700,000 college students have had their tuition paid for by the lottery funded HOPE scholarship.

Almost six billion dollars have gone to education programs in Georgia, including the first free pre-kindergarten program in the country.

posted at 2:29 PM by karen.collier@walb.com

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