How ‘lotto fever’ benefits GA education system


WITH SO MANY PEOPLE BUYING A TICKET– THE LOTTERY COMMISSION IS ALREADY A WINNER. IT’S RAKING IN TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. HERE IN GEORGIA – THAT WINDFALL IS USED FOR EDUCATION. WE WENT TO FIND OUT EXACTLY WHERE IT’S GOING. NEWS 3’S MARTIN STAUNTON JOINS US NOW LIVE WITH OUR TOP STORY. MARTIN? GOOD EVENING TO YOU AND EVERYONE WATCHING. WHEN JACKPOTS REACH RECORD LEVELS, IT RAISES MUCH MORE THAN THE HOPES OF PLAYERS FOR A LIFE CHANGING WIN, IT RAISES MONEY BENEFITTING STUDENTS AT BOTH ENDS OF THE PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM. EARLY LEARNERS AND COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS ARE THE BENEFICIERIES OF GEORGIA’S LOTTERY PROCEEDS. GRETCHEN CORBIN IS PRESIDENT AND CEO OF GEORGIA LOTTERY CORPORATION. GRETCHEN CORBIN/GEORGIA LOTTERY CORPORATION PRESIDENT & CEO: “THE REVENUES AT THE GEORGIA LOTTERY GOES TO EDUCATION IN GEORGIA AND SO WE ARE HAPPY THAT OUR BENEFICIARIES, UM, WILL CONTINUE TO SEE GROWTH AND THANKS TO OUR PLAYERS WHO ARE PLAYING THIS JACKPOT.” THOSE PLAYERS HELP FUND FREE PRE-K EDUCATION ACROSS THE STATE OF GEORGIA, LIKE THE PROGRAMS OFFERED BY THE YMCA OF COASTAL GEORGIA. GINA CASAGRANDE IS VICE PRESIDENT. OUT:18:24:54:06 GINA CASAGRANDE/YMCA OF COASTAL GEORGIA VICE PRESIDENT: “THE REVENUES AT THE GEORGIA LOTTERY GOES TO EDUCATION IN GEORGIA AND SO WE ARE HAPPY THAT OUR BENEFICIARIES, UM, WILL CONTINUE TO SEE GROWTH AND THANKS TO OUR PLAYERS WHO ARE PLAYING THIS JACKPOT.” THERE ARE ONLY FOUR SLICES IN THE PEACH PIE CHART FOR THE GEORGIA LOTTERY CORPORATION AND THE BIGGEST PIECE GOES TO THE PRIZE WINNERS. THE RETAILERS COMMISSIONS ARE THE NEXT-TO-THE-SMALLEST PIECE, AND GAMING AND OPERATING EXPENSES IS THE SMALLEST SLICE. FUNDING FOR PRE-K AND HOPE SCHOLARS TAKES THE SECOND LARGEST SLICE. WE LOOKED AT TEN COUNTIES IN THE COASTAL EMPIRE. BETWEEN 1994 THRU 2017, IT PAID THE PRE-K BILL FOR MORE THAN NINETY-SEVEN THOUSAND STUDENTS, FUNNELING MORE THAN THREE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE MILLION DOLLARS INTO THOSE PROGRAMS. IT’S ALSO HELPED NEARLY ONE HUNDRED FIVE THOUSAND HOPE SCHOLARS HEAD OFF TO COLLEGE. WHILE LOTTERY FUNDS IS HAVING AN IMPACT IN THE COASTAL EMPIRE, CASAGRANDE SAYS THERE IS STILL ROOM FOR GROWTH. GINA CASAGRANDE/YMCA OF COASTAL GEORGIA VICE PRESIDENT: “THERE IS DEFINITELY A GREAT NEED FOR MORE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IN OUR, IN OUR CHATHAM COUNTY AREA AND REALLY, THE COASTAL EMPIRE AREA, AREA.” LAST YEAR ALONE, LOTTERY GAMES GENERATED ONE-POINT-ONE BILLION DOLLARS FOR EDUCATION HERE IN GEORGIA AND GIANT JACKPOTS LIKE THAT ONE, HELPS STUDENTS IN THE PEACH STATE BECOME BIG WINNERS. REPORTING LIVE IN SAVANNAH, I’M MARTIN STAUNTON, WSAV, NEWS THREE. THANKS MARTIN–

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