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Lottery hits 20th anniversary

Special Photo Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford speaks during a 20th anniversary ceremony.

Special Photo Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford speaks during a 20th anniversary ceremony.

ATHENS -- Officials marked the 20th anniversary of the Georgia Lottery in a special ceremony Wednesday.

At the University of Georgia event, Gov. Nathan Deal was on hand with former Gov. Zell Miller, who was in office when the first ticket was sold in 1993.

"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."

In two decades, the lottery corporation has returned more than $14.3 billion to the state for education.

The proceeds have benefitted more than 1.6 million students, who have gone to college with the HOPE Scholarship, and more than 1.2 million 4-year-olds, who have attended prekindergarten classes.