More than 2 million Georgia students have benefited from the college scholarship and grant program. More than 1.7 million 4-year-olds have benefited from the prekindergarten program, lottery officials said.
“The impact of lottery-funded HOPE scholarships and the pre-K program goes far beyond the classroom. It makes our workforce stronger, our state a more sought-after destination for job creators and helps make our communities such great places to live, work and raise our families,” Kemp said. “The HOPE scholarship in particular also means higher education in Georgia is a good deal that carries far less risk of long-term debt for those who qualify compared to students from most other states.”
Before the event, Gretchen Corbin, Georgia Lottery CEO and president, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the lottery has supported generations of Georgians.
“I see 29 years of students who have been impacted positively through the HOPE and pre-K program,” she said. “We are so proud and so happy, and we look forward to working every day for these education programs.”
The announcement comes as the Mega Millions jackpot reaches an estimated $1.1 billion for Friday’s drawing. Kemp quipped that “with inflation like it is, I know a billion jackpot sounds pretty good to a lot of people out there.”
University System of Georgia Chancellor Sonny Perdue, Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Greg Dozier and other leaders also attended the event.