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      Georgia Lottery celebrates 20 years

      Gov. Nathan Deal and former Gov. Zell Miller were on hand to celebrate the milestone at the University of Georgia's Zell B. Miller Learning Center. / Georgia Lottery


      The Georgia Lottery Corp. officially launched its 20th anniversary celebration during a special ceremony Wednesday in Athens. Gov. Nathan Deal and former Gov. Zell Miller were on hand to celebrate the milestone at the University of Georgia's Zell B. Miller Learning Center.

      "The Georgia Lottery's 20-year anniversary is a milestone that all Georgians can celebrate," said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford. "The lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship and Pre-K programs have impacted Georgia's students and families tremendously in the past two decades. We remain committed to our mission of responsibly maximizing dollars for these important educational programs."

      While governor, Miller led the effort to create a state lottery with profits earmarked for specific educational programs.

      Other special guests and dignitaries from around the state participated in the anniversary event, including: representatives from Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, which administers Pre-K; representatives from the Georgia Student Finance Commission, which administers HOPE; and HOPE scholars.

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