- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Lottery Corp. says it earned record revenue for state education initiatives in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015.

Officials say the lottery earned more than $227 million dollars for state education initiatives, surpassing last year’s total by more than $3.2 million.

Lottery officials say the first quarter of the agency’s fiscal year spanned July 1 to Sept. 30.

Officials say the lottery has raised a total of $15.7 billion for Georgia education programs since the lottery’s inception in 1993.

Lottery officials say more than 1.7 million students have received HOPE scholarships because of Georgia Lottery revenue and the revenue has helped more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds attend prekindergarten programs.

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