Many of your students have received, or will receive, the Hope scholarship right? Spending a little time discussing where this money comes from is always a nice way to pass a little time in the classroom. I would often hear my students say, "All of the lottery money goes for education." Well, not so fast, junior. Not all of the money goes for education. Some numbers-
In 2009 the Georgia Lottery sold $3,663,061,000.00 worth of tickets.
In 2009 the Georgia Lottery paid out $2,148,681,000.00 in prizes.
In 2009 the Georgia Lottery provided $872,082,000.00 for education.
In 2009 the Georgia Lottery spent $15,976,000.00 for advertising.
In 2009 the Georgia Lottery spent $18,210,000.00 on retailer merchandising and marketing.
Source: Georgia Lottery Corporation