Georgia Lottery Chairman defends bonuses
Lottery bonuses are deserved
Incentives good business practice
By Tony Campbell, Board Chairman of the Georgia Lottery Corporation
Dec. 6, 2007
I am dismayed at the public criticism of an extraordinarily successful organization that has achieved record results and contributed record amounts to the HOPE scholarship and pre-kindergarten programs.
Equal Time: Lottery job a big win for execs who earn fat bonuses
The Georgia Lottery Corp.'s results have far exceeded expectations. As ...
Dec 6, 2007, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia lawmakers question lottery bonuses
Top Georgia Republicans are calling for a review of the bonuses awarded to Georgia Lottery officials.
Georgia Lottery President Margaret DeFrancisco and her employees collected nearly $3 million dollars in bonuses this year, a sum that has mystified Georgia legislators who three years ago tightened requirements for the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship.
House Higher Education Committee Chair Bill Hembree called the figures insane and Senate Majority Whip Mitch Seabaugh said he wanted to re ...
Dec 3, 2007, 8:38 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery no game for Tennessee executive
Standing recently in Neyland Stadium with roaring University of Tennessee football fans, Rebecca Paul Hargrove, the highflying impresario of legalized gambling, proudly waved a symbolic check for a billion dollars. The moment, captured on jumbo screens across the stadium, was among the countless plugs for the fund-raising prowess of Tennessee's lottery, which Hargrove started four years ago.
As lottery executives go, few can claim her knack for seizing the spotlight. No matter the occasion, H ...
Nov 23, 2007, 10:12 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia lottery winner roundup
Some of the big wins Georgia lottery players have claimed in the past couple of weeks.
McDonough man tunes holidays with $750,000
A McDonough, Georgia, man can celebrate the holiday season this year with a dash of $750,000 in lottery winnings. Ronnie Joyce, 61, played the holiday-themed Georgia Lottery instant game Jingle Jumbo Bucks and won a top prize.
On his way home from a hunting trip with his wife, Ann, Joyce stopped at BP Food Mart, 194 Keys Ferry St. in McDonough, and purchase ...
Nov 12, 2007, 12:55 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery competition between two border states
A close look at the Georgia and Tennessee Lotteries
University of Georgia demographer exemplifies general lack of understanding; buys into lottery myth: There aren't people in Brooks Brothers suits holding briefcases standing in line for tickets.
Bob Kilgore lives in Jasper, Tenn., but he regularly buys lottery tickets in neighboring Georgia.
I started playing the lottery in Georgia when it started (in 1993), and I've just kept buying most of my tickets in Georgia, Mr. Kilgore sai ...
Oct 5, 2007, 2:10 pm - Lottery News forum
Is the lottery shortchanging schools?
According to the North American Assoc. of State and Provincial Lotteries, 42 states and the District of Columbia run lotteries, and more than half claim the games boost funding for education. But CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian found that lotteries aren't exactly providing a windfall for schools.
If you listen to state lottery ads, we're supposed to believe that all the numbers are supposedly adding up to more and more money for education.
Lotteries help, but n ...
Sep 19, 2007, 12:38 pm - Lottery News forum
Thieves burn store, steal lottery tickets
Latest in string of lottery ticket thefts
The boarded up windows at John Patel's convenience store hide the damage within.
These people, I don't know what to think about them, Patel said of the people who set his business on fire. They're mentally sick, I think. Why they did the fire, I don't understand.
Early Monday morning, two men broke into Patel's store on Dean Street in Rome, Georgia, stole at least 30 rolls of scratch off lottery tickets, then set a fire in an attempt to cov ...
Sep 5, 2007, 9:50 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia man wins $250,000 in Mega Millions
Dana Peace recently had what he described as a very good day. Peace, 26, of Fayette County walked into a Corner Amoco on Highway 54 in Sharpsburg to buy Fritos a snack for girlfriend Holly Yelton's roommate. A snap decision at the checkout counter landed Peace with $5 in Quik Pik tickets for the June 22 Mega Millions drawing only about an hour away. Though Peace didn't watch the drawing that night, he called the Georgia Lottery Hotline the next morning as he drove his mother to the a ...
Jul 23, 2007, 12:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery sets sales record with $3.4 billion sales
The Georgia lottery took in a record $3.4 billion dollars during the last fiscal year a $244 million jump from the previous year.
Officials say more than $850 million was transferred to the education fund, which pays for HOPE scholarships and pre-kindergarten classes. That brings the total funds raised to nine-point-three billion since the lottery began in 1993.
State officials were concerned a few years ago that lottery sales wouldn't meet the growing demand for pre-kindergarten class ...
Jul 18, 2007, 12:53 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia couple wins $1 million lottery raffle prize
Jim Fain couldn't believe his eyes.
His wife, Tina Beckham-Fain, sat on the floor of their Milledgeville home reading the number on the first of five lottery tickets they bought for the Millionaire Raffle as he looked at the winning combination on the Georgia Lottery Web site.
Beckham-Fain read 285704.
Unsure of what he was seeing on his computer, Fain then asked her to read the screen.
She did and the numbers matched.
I started to hyperventilate, said Fain, a 42-year-old corpor ...
Jul 11, 2007, 1:53 pm - Lottery News forum