The Georgia Lottery Corp. sent $362.6 million to the state treasury for HOPE and Miller’s other education priorities in 1994. By 1997, that annual contribution was up 60 percent, to $581.4 million.
For years, HOPE seemed like an endless parade of good fortune. Georgia was reversing the “brain drain” of high achieving students going out of state for a quality education. Because they could find and afford it here, they stayed. At its peak in 2010, HOPE was picking up the annual tuition costs for more than 250,000 students and the program was well on the way to putting $8 billion into higher education for 1.7 million college, university and technical school students.