Don’t take me wrong – I like Margaret DeFrancisco and her team at Georgia Lottery; we’ve met, I’ve spoken at one of her meetings, and from all indications, they’re doing a fine job.

Here is my issue: money from Georgia Lottery is going to the HOPE scholarship to educate 1.1 million students. I just wonder how many of them are staying in Georgia and repaying the state with taxes from their income after they graduate?

This is a classic case of confusing vibration with forward motion – we celebrate the input, the activity, the immediate results, but completely neglect the output, the means to an end, or the desired results from our long-term efforts. The fact that Margaret and the Lottery are contributing is great – I’m just wondering what our Governor is doing to attract and retain jobs so these graduates can stay here?

Are you confusing vibration with forward motion in your efforts? What do you think maybe the answer?

 

“The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.”

–Dr. Jonas Salk, inventor of the polio vaccine

Since its inception in 1993, the Georgia Lottery has transferred a total of $11 billion for education to the state of Georgia. This year alone, we transferred $872 million to education. That’s $4.39 million more than last year. As a result, more than 1.1 million students have received the HOPE scholarship, and more than 940,000 4-year-olds have attended prekindergarten programs.

This significant contribution to education is made possible by the continued success of the Georgia Lottery. In fact, the Georgia Lottery closed the books last week on fiscal year 2009 as the only traditional lottery in the U.S. to experience 11 consecutive years of growth in earnings. Sales for this year were $3.66 billion — the highest in the lottery’s 16-year history and more than $143 million ahead of last year’s sales.

Colleges and universities across Georgia have seen their academic reputations rise markedly since the HOPE scholarship was implemented. HOPE has dramatically reduced the number of Georgia students leaving to attend out-of-state schools. Retention of the brightest students not only upholds high educational standards in Georgia, but also ensures increased business and economic development opportunities in the future. There’s more about the positive impact of the Georgia Lottery in the current issue of James magazine.

We’re extremely proud that the Georgia Lottery can continue to support the educational needs of our residents, and we thank you for your support. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Regards,

President and CEO

Georgia Lottery Corporation

 

 
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