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Georgia Lottery Corp.
Address: Inforum, Suite 3000, 250 Williams St.Atlanta,
GA 30303- 1032 U.S.
Phone: (404) 215-5000
Fax: (404) 215-8987
Population: 9,829,211
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Lottery Director: Debbie Alford
Year Lottery Founded: First Instant Sold: June 29, 1993
First Online Sold: Aug. 10, 1993
Number of Employees: 265
Number of Retailers - 7,781
Sales FY 2001:
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Sales Per Capita (05): $383.9
Prize Return: Approx: 50%
On-line Vendor: GTech Corp.
On Line Vendor Contract: GTECH - 3 year extension until September 2013.
Five-Year Contract Extension from Sept 2013 awarded.
Instant Ticket Vendor: Scientific Games
Instant Ticket Contract: Scientific Games - three-year contract extension - commences in September 2010 and lengthens the current contract to 2013
Scientific Games Signs Five-Year Instant Ticket Contract Extension - lengthens the current contract to 2018..
Drawing Machines Smartplay
ITVMs Interlott
Advertising: BBDO Atlanta - commenced in 2006.
Website Contract - Whats Up Interactive
Games Offered: Mega Millions, Powerball, Win For Life, Fantasy 5, cash 4, Cash 3, Instant Games, Sit and Win Games, Keno.

Background Information

Georgia voters approved a lottery in November 1992 and the Georgia Lottery Corp. quickly came into being early the following year with the Lottery for Education Act. Sales began on June 29, 1993, with two instant games, Instant Cash and Georgia Millionaire. Two draw games followed in short order, Cash 3 in August and Lotto Georgia in September.
The Georgia Lottery was an instant success. First-week sales of more than 52 million tickets set a new opening week lottery sales record of $7.80 per capita. It was able to repay its startup line of credit within two weeks of launch. After just five months, the Lottery surpassed its first-year sales goal of $463 million, and ended the first full year with $1.1 billion in sales. The first-year per capita sales $164.81 set another new national record, effectively making the Georgia Lottery the most successful U.S. lottery startup in history.
The Lottery’s extensive lineup of current draw games includes Mega Millions, Powerball, Fantasy 5, Georgia FIVE, Win for Life, Decades of Dollars, KENO!, Cash 3 and Cash 4. On average some 40 to 45 instant games are on the market at any given time.
The Georgia Lottery was groundbreaking in its beneficiary formula, being the first lottery created primarily to fund scholarships for college students. While the HOPE scholarship program has been a resounding success, Lottery proceeds fund three specific programs for education in the state:

  • Tuition grants, scholarships or loans to undergraduate college students for attendance at eligible Georgia colleges, universities or technical colleges.
  • The Georgia Pre-kindergarten Program for all four-year-olds.
  • Capital outlay projects including computer and other technological upgrades for schools, technical institutes, colleges and universities in the state.

Lottery Financials

Download the 2009 Annual Reports from the Georgia Lottery - CLICK HERE

Download the 2008 Annual Report From The Georgia Lottery

News 2014
October 15, 2014 Georgia Lottery Marks Record First Quarter Profits
Sept 13, 2014 Georgia Lottery Implements Rules to Combat Shadow Winners
July 17, 2014 Georgia Lottery transfers record $945M for education
February 28, 2014 Georgia Lottery Introduces New Game All or Nothing
February 6, 2014 Georgia Gets Lottery Fever as $30 Scratchers Are Selling 'like Crazy'
February 5, 2014 Higher Priced Scratch Tickets Appeal to Players
January 15, 2014 Georgia Lottery Posts Educational Transfers totalling $15B

News 2013
October 17, 2013 Georgia Lottery Schedules Cash 4 Bonus Drawing
September 10, 2013 Georgia Lottery Increases Fantasy 5 Jackpots
August 27, 2013 Georgia Lottery Announce New Atlanta Falcons-Themed Game
July 17, 2013 Georgia Lottery Kicks Off 20th Year with Record Profits For Education
June 26, 2013 Georgia Lottery wins Emmy Award
June 26, 2013 Coin-Operated Game Machine Provider Sues State Over Gaming Bill
June 26, 2013 Georgia Lottery Corp. Celebrates 20th Anniversary
May 22, 2013 Georgia Lottery introduces New Impact Wrestling Game
May 7, 2013 Georgia Lottery Introduces OnePlace For Its Salesforce
April 23, 2013 Georgia Lottery Introduces New 20th Anniversary Commemorative Game
April 12, 2013 Georgia Lottery Corp HOPE Scholarship Program to Benefit from Bill
March 26, 2013 Group Pushes for Compromise on Gaming Machine Bill
March 22, 2013 Governor Performs Juggling Act Between Need for Lottery Revenue and Traditional Opposition to Expanded Gambling
March 1, 2013 House Bill Would Put the Control and Enforcement of Video Poker Machines Under Lottery Corporation
January 27, 2013 Lottery Bonuses Again in the News
January 17, 2013 Georgia Lottery Reaches $14 Billion Mark for Education with Record First Half
January 11, 2013 More Georgians Playing the Lottery Results in More Revenue for State Programs

News 2012
December 14, 2012 New Georgia Lottery Board Member
November 28, 2012 Lottery Says Transaction Times Have Returned to Normal
November 26, 2012 Georgia Lottery Aware of Problems with Machines
October 26, 2012 Georgia Lottery Board Names New President/CEO
October 25, 2012 Lottery Board Approves New CEO
October 18, 2012 Board Chairman ‘Comfortable’ With Choice To Lead Georgia Lottery
October 17, 2012 Georgia Lottery Marks Record First Quarter Profits
October 11, 2012 Lottery board Member Resigns Citing Pressure from the Governor on Presidential Hire
October 9, 2012 Budget Director Named Sole Finalist to Lead Georgia Lottery
October 5, 2012 Budget Director Leading Candidate For Top Lottery Job
August 22, 2012 Georgia Lottery, Atlanta Falcons Kick-Off New Game
August 16, 2012 Georgia Lottery President/CEO Announces Retirement
August 14, 2012 Georgia Lottery Celebrates $50 Billion in Sales
July 25, 2012 Lottery CEO Addresses Rotary Club
July 18, 2012 Georgia Lottery Approves Online Ticket Sales
July 18, 2012 Georgia Lottery Posts Record Year, Raises More Dollars Than Ever for HOPE and Pre-K
July 4, 2012 Gambling Question To Be On Republican Primary Ballot
June 21, 2012 Celebrate July 4th With The Georgia Lottery For A Chance To Win $500
June 11, 2012 Georgia Lottery Wins Emmy Award
June 5, 2012 Savannah Airport to Sell Georgia Lottery Tickets
May 24, 2012 Republicans to be Asked Casino Gambling Question on July Primary
May 14, 2012 Georgia’s Wheel Of Fortune® Players Win Big In Hollywood
April 24, 2012 HOPE Recipient Enhances Journey with Cadillac SRX
April 19, 2012 Lottery Board: Support From Governor Needed For Proposed Gambling Site
April 16, 2012 Lottery Board to Hear Details of $1 Billion Gambling Proposal
April 3, 2012 Record Mega Millions Jackpot Generates $25.2m For Education In Georgia
March 29, 2012 Gaming Project Will Lift HOPE Scholarship
March 29, 2012 Mega Millions Jackpot Raised to $540M; Largest-Ever US Lottery Jackpot
March 28, 2012 Mega Millions World Record Jackpot Soars To $500 Million On Strength Of Sales
March 6, 2012 Georgia Lottery Hits High Note with the Atlanta Opera
February 27, 2012 Lawmaker Proposes to Use VLTs to Bail-Out the HOPE Scholarship Program Bankrolled by the State Lottery
February 15, 2012 Georgia Lottery Sales Soar To Highest Ever
January 22, 2012 Former Georgia Lottery Board Member Says Expanding Lottery is Best Option for HOPE
January 17, 2012 Georgia Lottery Reaches $13 Billion Mark For Education
January 10, 2012 Georgia Legislators Hear of Low Lottery Revenue Projections
January 4, 2012 Airport Discusses Lottery Vending Machine Placement
January 3, 2012 Senator Says Marketing to Blame for Lackluster Lottery Sales

News 2011
December 28, 2011 Clock Runs Out On $77 Million Winning Lottery Ticket
December 21, 2011 $77M Powerball Ticket Expires Next Week
November 21, 2011 Georgia Lottery Prevails in Trademark Case
October 27, 2011 Governor Says No Dice to Casino-Style Gambling in Georgia
October 24, 2011 Powerball Climbs to $173 Million
October 18, 2011 Decline in Lottery Sales Hurting State's Education Budget
September 6, 2011 Georgia Lottery Teams with Atlanta Falcons, Waffle House® Restaurants to Launch New Game
September 5, 2011 Falcons, Georgia Lottery Introduce New $5 Scratch-Off Ticket
August 31, 2011 Interface Founder Posthumously Receives Business Ethics Award
August 22, 2011 Conservatives Balk at Adding More State Gambling, Particularly Games That Could Cut Into the State's Lottery Revenue
August 18, 2011 Governor Orders State Authorities to Crack Down on Illegal Online Gambling
August 14, 2011 Lottery Board Approves 12-Percent Budget Cut for Agency Payroll
July 16, 2011 Georgia Lottery Sales Exceed $3.5 Billion
June 28, 2011 State’s Lottery Sales Headed For Second Consecutive Decline
June 20, 2011 Scientific Games Signs Five-Year Instant Ticket Contract Extension with Georgia Lottery Corporation
June 20, 2011 GTECH Corporation Signs Five-Year Contract Extension with the Georgia Lottery
June 6, 2011 Georgia Lottery Schedules Bonus Cash 4 Drawing
June 3, 2011 Georgia Lottery To Schedule Cash 4 Bonus Drawing
May 27, 2011 Former Georgia Lottery Board Member Supports Video Lottery
April 5, 2011 Georgia Supreme Court Hears Case Over Lottery Trademark Infringement
March 28, 2011 Georgia Lottery Corporation Chairman Responds to Newspaper Article
March 23, 2011 Audit Finds Correlation Between the Higher or More-Frequent Jackpots and Better Sales Benefit Lottery-Funded Programs
March 23, 2011 Georgia Lottery President Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
March 15, 2011 Governor Signs HOPE Lottery Bill Into Law
March 16, 2011 Leapin’ Leprechauns: Mega Millions Jumps to $201 Million
March 14, 2011 NAACP Threatens Lottery Boycott over HOPE Bill
March 8, 2011 Former Lottery Board Chairman Says: “Listen to Experts on Lottery” Don't Mess with Georgia Lottery's Success
March 7, 2011 Auditors Uphold Larger Lottery Payouts
February 25, 2011 Georgia Lottery players Win Big with Decades of Dollars
January 31, 2011 Georgia Lottery Debuts Decades of Dollars
January 21, 2011 Georgia Lottery Music Search Special to Re-Air on WSB-TV
January 6, 2011 Georgia Lottery Announce Two Sets of Winning Numbers for Win for Life

News 2010
Dec 27, 2010 States Look for Winning Formulas to Spur Lottery Sales
Nov 13, 2010 Georgia Lottery Music Search Finalists Include Two Mid-state Residents
Nov 11, 2010 Smartplay International Supplies New Equipment to Georgia State Lottery
Nov 8, 2010 Georgia Lottery adds Megaplier to Mega Millions
Sept 30, 2010 Drumroll, Please: $116M Powerball Winner Claims Prize
Sept 13, 2010 Decatur Woman Wins Georgia Lottery World Poker Tour Trip
August 24, 2010 Win Money, Music, More with New Georgia Lottery Game
August 3, 2010 Georgia Lottery Launches Georgia FIVE Daily Game
July 29, 2010 Falcons and Georgia Lottery Corp. Announce New Game
July 20, 2010 Georgia Lottery Director Margaret DeFrancisco Looks Ahead To New Sources of Revenue
July 14, 2010 Georgia Lottery Increases Profits A Record 12 Consecutive Years
June 16, 2010 Gubernatorial Candidate Favours Gambling Expansion
June 16, 2010 Take This to the Bank: Georgia Lottery to Give Away ATM with $52K
June 14, 2010 Georgia Lottery Schedules Cash 4 Bonus Drawing After Malfunction
June 13, 2010 Lottery Dollars Flow Back To Citizens, Schools

Georgia Lottery Schedules Cash 4 Bonus Drawing
ATLANTA, Georgia (June 4, 2010) - During a review of the Monday, June 7, Cash 4 evening drawing, Georgia Lottery officials determined that an equipment malfunction occurred with a ball machine.............Subscribers

Retailers Daughter Wins $1 Million in Lottery
MACON, Georgia (May 26, 2010) - The daughter of a Montezuma retailer won a $1 million lottery prize from her father's shop...............Subscribers

State’s Lottery Sees Record Profits Despite Economic Downturn
GAINESVILLE, Georgia (March 16, 2010) – Profits for Georgia Lottery Corp. have totaled more than $429 million, surpassing the previous record set in 2009 by more than $8.49 million, despite a weak economy..........................Subscribers

Alpharetta Woman Tastes $500,000 Prize With Soda Stop
ATLANTA, Georgia (March 11, 2010) -- An Alpharetta woman instantly was rewarded with a half-million dollar prize after making a soda stop. Nancy Hitchcock, 63, played the Georgia Lottery instant game Jumbo Jumbo Bucks and won a $500,000 top prize........................Subscribers

Proposal To Raise Lottery Ticket Prices
Superintendent Calls for 50 Cent Addition to Fill Holes Left By State Budget Cuts
ATLANTA, Georgia (March 12, 2010) - State schools Superintendent Kathy Cox called Friday for lottery ticket prices to be raised to help pay for K-12 education in Georgia.......................Subscribers

Georgia Considers Bringing Gambling To The State
ATLANTA, Georgia (February 16, 2010) -- Gambling in the United States is a $90 billion industry. In Georgia alone, the lottery transferred $11.4 billion to the State Treasury's Lottery for education in the last 16 years......................Subscribers

Georgia Lottery Announce Record First Half
ATLANTA, Georgia (February 11, 2010) – The Georgia Lottery Corp. recently announced record first-half profits for education. Georgia Lottery profits for the first half of fiscal year 2010 totaled $429,754,000, surpassing the previous record set last fiscal year by more than $8.49 million...................Subscribers

Lottery By The Numbers
ROME, Georgia (February 10, 2010) - Local news reported today the Georgia Lottery has released data about lottery programs in Floyd County, including.....................Subscribers

Lawmakers Ask Lottery to Rethink Bonuses
ATLANTA, Georgia (February 10, 2010) -- News reported today that some senior lawmakers want the Georgia Lottery Corp. to not hand out incentive pay – or bonuses – when teachers and state employees go without pay raises and face furloughs......................Subscribers

Georgia Lottery Flash Mob welcomes Power Ball at Atlanta Airport
ATLANTA, Georgia (February 7, 2010) - On February 5, 2010, Mega Ball -- with the help a few very entertaining friends -- welcomed Power Ball to Georgia at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport........................Subscribers

HOPE Grad Wins Georgia Lottery Contest, Commercial to Air During Big Football Game
ATLANTA, Georgia (February 5, 2010) – Ben Callner, 25, is the grand prize winner of the Georgia Lottery’s “Powerball: Lights, Camera, Action” contest. Callner’s winning television commercial will air throughout Georgia during Sunday’s broadcast of the biggest professional football game of the year............................Subscribers

Georgia Lottery Welcomes Powerball
ATLANTA, Georgia (January 29, 2010) -- The big jackpot game Powerball is coming to Georgia! Powerball tickets go on sale January 31, and the first drawing will be held February 3. ..................Subscribers

Georgia Lottery Raises Record Profits for HOPE, Pre-K
ATLANTA, Georgia (January 19, 2010) – The Georgia Lottery Corp. today announced record first-half profits for education. Georgia Lottery profits for the first half of fiscal year 2010 totaled $429,754,000, surpassing the previous record set last fiscal year by more than $8.49 million......................Subscribers

Lights, Camera, Action: Georgia Lottery Welcomes Powerball With TV Commercial Contest
ATLANTA, Georgia (January 11, 2010) - The Georgia Lottery is welcoming Powerball to Georgia with an exciting contest. Produce a 30-second TV ad about Powerball coming to Georgia, and your spot could air throughout Georgia during the broadcast of the biggest football game of the year on Feb. 7.........................Subscribers

Lottery News 2009

Lawmaker Wants Legislature to Control Georgia Lottery Corporation
ATLANTA, Georgia (November 24, 2009) - Reports that the Georgia Lottery Corporation has come under fire for its year end performance bonuses to lottery employees...................Subscribers

Bill Targets Lottery Bonuses
Would Dissolve Lottery Board
ATLANTA, Georgia (November 23, 2009) - A leading state senator has pre-filed a bill that would force lottery officials to get legislative approval before they hand out bonuses to staffers.....................Subscribers

Lawmakers Criticize Lottery Bonuses During Recession
ATLANTA, Georgia (November 16, 2009) - It was reported today that the Georgia Lottery rewarded staffers with $2.74 million in bonuses or incentive pay, an increase of more than 8 percent over fiscal 2008.....................Subscribers

Georgia Lottery Brings in More Money Than Last Year
ATLANTA, Georgia (October 16, 2009) – Georgia Lottery officials say profits rose slightly over this time last year despite the sagging economy. ..................Subscribers

Georgia Lottery Increases Profits for HOPE, Pre-K
ATLANTA, Georgia (October 16, 2009) – The Georgia Lottery Corp. today announced it has increased profits to education. Georgia Lottery profits for the first quarter of fiscal year 2010 totaled $215,693,000 – up from $214,939,000 for the first quarter of last fiscal year....................Subscribers

What’s Up Interactive Launches Second Microsite for Georgia Lottery
ATLANTA, Georgia (October 14, 2009) -- Atlanta interactive marketing agency What’s Up Interactive has launched the second microsite for Georgia Lottery Corporation, The site is a hub for the instant game’s second chance drawings, offering prizes like a VIP suite at the Georgia Dome for an Atlanta Falcons game, or an AirTran Airways flight to a Falcons away game for 10.........................Subscribers

Georgia Lottery President Elected To Lead International Lottery Organization
ATLANTA, Georgia (October 14, 2009) -- Georgia Lottery Corp. President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco has been named president of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL). Margaret was selected by her peers during last week's NASPL '09 Annual Conference..........................Subscribers

Georgia Lottery and Atlanta Falcons Kick Off New Game
ATLANTA, Georgia (September 04, 2009) -- The Georgia Lottery Corp. is teaming up with the Atlanta Falcons to kick off a new instant game. Atlanta Falcons $500,000 Touchdown is a $5 game with $500,000 top prizes and many other exciting prizes, including season ticket packages. Tickets go on sale at Georgia Lottery retailers statewide Sept. 8......................Subscribers

Falcons, Lottery Team Up For New Ticket
ATLANTA, Georgia (August 31, 2009) -- The Atlanta Falcons and Georgia Lottery are teaming up on a new scratch-off ticket that will debut after Labor Day............Subscribers

Georgia Lottery Awards Web Site Contract
ATLANTA, Georgia (August 20, 2009) – The Georgia Lottery Corp. announced that What's Up Interactive was awarded a contract to provide Web site services for the organization.....................Subscribers

Georgia Lottery Reaches $11 Billion Mark For Education
ATLANTA, Georgia (July 16, 2009) -- The Georgia Lottery Corp. today announced it has transferred a total of $11 billion for education to the state of Georgia since the lottery’s inception in 1993.....................Subscribers

Georgia Lottery Board Elects New Chairperson
ATLANTA, Georgia USA (May 12, 2009)- The Georgia Lottery Corp. board of directors has elected James F. "Jimmy" Braswell of Macon as its new chairperson. He was appointed during the April 30 board meeting......................Subscribers

Pressure’s on State Lottery to Keep Games Fresh, Players Coming Back
ATLANTA, Georgia (March 29, 2009) -- The Georgia Lottery took in $3.52 billion in the last fiscal year ending July 1 and is slightly ahead of that pace this year, despite the struggling economy. But despite its success.................Subscribers

Swiss Lottery Officials Visit Georgia Lottery
ATLANTA, Georgia (March 30, 2009) -- Officials from Loterie Romande, the lottery of French-speaking Switzerland Society, visited the Georgia Lottery Corporation recently to learn more about games with drawings.................Subscribers

China Sports Lottery Officials Visit Georgia Lottery
ATLANTA, Georgia (March 27, 2009)  – Officials from the China Sports Lottery (CSL) visited the Georgia Lottery Corp. on Wednesday to learn more about operating a successful lottery. Georgia Lottery President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco made a presentation on best practices to CSL officials..................Subscribers

Georgia Lottery Teams Up With Bass Pro Shops® to 'Pitch' Outdoor Buddy Challenge
ATLANTA, Georgia (March 03, 2009) – The Georgia Lottery has teamed up with Bass Pro Shops® to launch the Outdoor Buddy Challenge................Subscribers

City Approves VLT Proposal in Underground Atlanta
ATLANTA, Georgia (March 2, 2009) – The Atlanta City Council voted Monday to support a plan to put video lottery terminals (VLTs) in Underground Atlanta.................Subscribers

Lottery Revenue Predicted to Fall Short of Scholarship Needs, Lottery Board Debates CEO Pay
ATLANTA, Georgia (February 4, 2009) – According to local media reports Georgia Lottery revenue will soon come to a crossroads with HOPE Scholarship needs and will likely be surpassed by demand in coming years..................Subscribers

Georgia Lottery Board - VLT Proposal Under Evaluation And Review
ATLANTA, Georgia (January 22, 2009) -- The Georgia Lottery Board's first meeting since a plan surfaced to build a $450 million Atlanta casino almost ended without a mention of the plan -- until.................Subscribers

Lotteries Sell Out of Lucky 1549, Players Look to Flight 1549 for Luck
Connecticut and Georgia (January 16, 2009) -- The passengers of Flight 1549 are lucky to be alive and a whole lot of Connecticut residents are hoping those number are lucky for them too.  There were too many people, in fact.  The lottery sold out of those numbers..................Subscribers

Georgia Lottery Sales Rise Despite Tough Economy
GEORGIA, USA (January 14, 2009) – According to local media reports Georgia is among 25 states with lotteries that have reported rising sales during the past six months..................Subscribers

Proposal to Have Casino-Like Gaming Operated Under Authority of Lottery Corporation
ATLANTIA, Georgia (January 13, 2009) – Sources have confirmed the Georgia Lottery Corp. and a Delaware casino could team to develop casino-like gaming at Underground Atlanta.................Subscribers


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