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March 23--  Former Georgia Governor Zell Miller died today at the age of 86.  His vision led to the creation of the Georgia lottery to benefit education in the state.

Commissioner Amy Jacobs of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning praised him for his commitment to education.

zell"The staff of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and I were deeply saddened today to learn of the passing of Governor Zell Miller.Governor Miller’s commitment to education as demonstrated by creating the lottery funded Georgia’s Pre-K Program is legend in our state and beyond.

In the early days of Georgia Pre-K, Governor and Mrs. Miller gave every student a copy of one of his favorite books, The Little Engine That Could. Today, Governor, you don't need to say, “I think I can, I think I can.” Instead you can proudly, boldly, and honestly say, “I did.” On behalf of the millions of children who have benefited from his vision, I thank Zell Miller for the immeasurable legacy of Georgia’s Pre-K Program," Commissioner Jacobs said.