Largest Single Jackpot: $390 million (two-state lottery win shared with New Jersey, 2007)
Prizes Paid: $2.2 billion
Ticket Sales: $3.66 billion
State Profit From Sales: $872 million
Government Use: Education
One Georgia resident was part of the largest jackpot in the history of the American lottery, winning half of $390 million on February 18, 2006. The other half went to a ticket holder in New Jersey. The state has one of the least efficient lottery systems in the country, with 17 percent of sales going to pay for the cost of operations. The Georgia lottery also only returns a third of total sales to the public fund, where the money goes to support education. The state didn't begin selling lottery tickets until 1993, making it one of the newest systems in the country. In its first year in operation, the Georgia lottery system sold roughly $1.1 billion in tickets, the most successful entry year on record. Georgia joined the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) in 2010.
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