Georgia Lottery this week announced they had raised a staggering $14 Billion that had gone directly into funding education in Georgia.
The CEO, Debbie Alford, said their mission was to maximise funding for HOPE and Pre-K. And that through this goal it was the students and families of Georgia that ultimately win.
The recent mega rollover for Powerball of $587.5 had apparently helped very nicely too.
This kind of fund raising goes back to the origins of the lottery – they started out as welfare type organisations that were used to raise funds for necessary social services.
So you could almost see lottery games as a form of taxation, only they are optional and a lot more fun than paying regular taxes of course.