The anniversary — the first lottery tickets were sold on June 29, 1993 — comes about three months after the death of the man who spearheaded the lottery and HOPE, former governor and U.S. senator Zell Miller.
On Monday, a campaign began to encourage current and former HOPE recipients to give $25 to the Miller Foundation, which supports his legacy through programs that promote education, leadership and service.
The scholarship “empowered my family, and I am truly honored to contribute to this campaign in appreciation of Gov. Miller’s hard work for the future generations of Georgians,” said Kathleen Bennett, member of the 2018 Miller Leadership Academy Class and former HOPE recipient.
By The Numbers
$634.2 million - scholarship money awarded to students during fiscal year 2017
1.8 million - the number of HOPE scholarship recipients since the program began
1.6 million - the number of four-year-olds who’ve attended Georgia’s Pre-K Program
$1.8 billion - how much money has been spent on capital outlay, computer and technology programs in Georgia’s public schools
Sources: Georgia Lottery, Georgia Student Finance Commission