Ga lottery reaches $11 billion for education

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ATLANTA - The Georgia Lottery Corp. has transferred $872 million in fiscal year 2009 proceeds to the state for education purposes, for a total of $11 billion since the lottery began in 1993.

Officials said Thursday that lottery sales for the 12 months ending June 30 totaled more than $3.6 billion. After prizes and other costs, profits are transferred to the state's Lottery for Education Account to pay for programs including the HOPE scholarship and pre-kindergarten.

More than 1.1 million students have received HOPE, and more than 940,000 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

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