HOPE for Whom? For Some it Doesn’t Pay to Play the Georgia Lottery
To meet 21st century business demands, Georgia must get more students into colleges, universities and technical schools, and make sure they graduate with skills that will help them, their families, and the state secure a prosperous future.
This policy report examines lottery sales and HOPE benefits across Georgia’s 159 counties. The disparities between who spends the most on Georgia Lottery games and who benefits the most from HOPE are clear.
Georgia must decide how best to invest limited resources in a manner that yields the greatest return on investment for higher education and the state’s economy. Reforming HOPE is about aligning funding strategies for higher education with Georgia’s broader economic development strategy. Reforming how Georgia spends limited lottery dollars presents a unique opportunity to use investments in higher education to build a workforce that can meet 21st century business demands and attract good-paying jobs to Georgia.