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Lottery gave education more than $10 billion

ATLANTA --- Georgia Lottery officials say they have hit a record for money sent to state education coffers.

Gov. Sonny Perdue and lottery CEO Margaret DeFrancisco announced Tuesday that the lottery has transferred more than $10 billion to education since its inception in 1993. The money funds HOPE scholarships and prekindergarten programs in Georgia.

The lottery brought in $3.5 billion last fiscal year -- which ended July 1 -- the highest take in the game's 15-year history. Of that, $858 million was transferred to education programs, outpacing the previous year by $4.8 million.

Georgia's lottery is one of only two traditional lotteries in the country to have 10 years in a row of profit growth.

Officers hurt, suspect killed during shootout

ATLANTA --- Two Atlanta police officers were wounded and a burglary suspect was killed in a shootout Tuesday.

Grady Hospital officials said one officer was shot in the face and the other was bruised on his chest when a bullet struck his bulletproof vest. They were released later in the day.

Police Chief Richard Pennington said the officers were assigned to a unit aimed at reducing burglaries. The officers approached three burglary suspects in front of a home, and one of the suspects started firing an automatic weapon at them.

The officers returned fire, killing one person and injuring another. Police took a third person into custody.

Chief Pennington declined to release the names of the officers and the suspects.

In other news

RESEARCHERS AND volunteers on Jekyll Island have counted 133 loggerhead sea turtle nests on the beach of the state park since the nesting season began in May. That's a jump from last year's total of 48 nests.

-- Edited from wire reports

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rbk 07/16/08 - 05:01 am
I'm glad to see the

I'm glad to see the alternative tax on mostly stupid people is at least benefiting the schools. Too bad so much of it has to be spent on administrative costs to run the lottery. Too bad some children suffered lack of food or clothes because their parents threw away the money on gambling on the lottery.

getalife 07/16/08 - 09:25 am
The reason for the increase

The reason for the increase in lottery sales is because there are more people receiving welfare and at the poverty level. Last year the lottery officials were rewarded with over 3 million dollars in bonuses?? I guess they will receive even more this year!!

presnalboy 07/16/08 - 03:31 pm
It takes a real sucker to buy

It takes a real sucker to buy lottery tickets. California Sate University recently did a study that showed one is more likely to be killed in an automobile accident on the way to buy tickets than they are to win the jackpot.

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