Lottery officials are projecting about a $1.113 billion return in ticket sale money to the state this fiscal year - which ends June 30 - to pay for HOPE scholarships and pre-kindergarten classes.
That would be down from last year’s record $1.21 billion, he said, but April and May sales have made up ground after a slow March. With May sales continuing to be strong, that $1.113 billion projection for fiscal 2020 may be increased in a few weeks.
Much of the economy was shut down in late March, through April. The state reported last week that tax collections - mostly from income and sales taxes - were down about 36% in April.
But, as in the case of the lottery, Georgians found a way to continue doing some of the things they liked to do. Alcohol and cigarette tax collections were also up 13% and 37%, respectively, in April.