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July 30--  Former Georgia Governor Zell Miller took a lot of heat when he started the Georgia Lottery, but it's paid off big time for college and pre-kindergarten students in the state.

{mosimage}Lottery President Margaret DeFrancisco brought the impact home in a speech to Vidalia Rotarians.

"For Toombs County, the HOPE dollars are $25.6 million dollars and that's for nearly 8,000 students.  For Pre-K, it's $15.7 million dollars and that's for over 3,000 students," she reports.

The Georgia Lottery is coming off a record-breaking year and has raised over $13 billion during it's 19-year history and DeFrancisco says it's a challenge to keep it going.  "I work with a very creative group of colleagues at the Georgia Lottery Corporation and we just keep trying to come up with new things because we know we need to," she says.

The Lottery boss says she thinks "Fantasy Five" gives you the best chance of winning on a regular basis.  She also has advice for winners of the big jackpots.

"We hope they seek advice from a lawyer, accountants, bankers and financial advisers and to make sure they get good advice.  When I talk with them I tell them they need to learn how to say 'No.'  All manner of people come out of the woodwork with expectations that just because of that person's good fortune they should spread it.  We've seen a lot of philanthropy from lottery winners over time, but it should be their decision," she notes.