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Georgia State Code
Title      50
Chapter      27  
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Title 50, Chapter 27, Section 13 (50-27-13)

(a)(1) All lottery proceeds shall be the property of the corporation.

(2) From its lottery proceeds the corporation shall pay the operating expenses of the corporation. As nearly as practical, at least 45 percent of the amount of money from the actual sale of lottery tickets or shares shall be made available as prize money; provided, however, that this paragraph shall be deemed not to create any lien, entitlement, cause of action, or other private right, and any rights of holders of tickets or shares shall be determined by the corporation in setting the terms of its lottery or lotteries.

(3) As nearly as practical, for each fiscal year, net proceeds shall equal at least 35 percent of the lottery proceeds. However, for the first two full fiscal years and any partial first fiscal year of the corporation, net proceeds need only equal 30 percent of the proceeds as nearly as practical.

(b)(1) On or before the fifteenth day of each quarter, the corporation shall transfer to the general fund of the state treasury, for credit to the Lottery for Education Account for the preceding quarter, the amount of all net proceeds during the preceding quarter. The director of the Office of Treasury and Fiscal Services shall separately account for net proceeds by establishing and maintaining a Lottery for Education Account within the state treasury.

(2) Upon their deposit into the state treasury, any moneys representing a deposit of net proceeds shall then become the unencumbered property of the State of Georgia and the corporation shall have no power to agree or undertake otherwise. Such moneys shall be invested by the director in accordance with state investment practices. All earnings attributable to such investments shall likewise be the unencumbered property of the state and shall accrue to the credit of the Lottery for Education Account.

(3) A scholarship shortfall reserve subaccount shall be maintained within the Lottery for Education Account. An amount equal to 10 percent of the total amount of lottery proceeds disbursed during the preceding fiscal year in the form of scholarships and grants for higher education shall be deposited from lottery proceeds each year until such amount equals 50 percent of such sum. Thereafter, only an amount necessary to maintain the scholarship shortfall reserve subaccount in an amount equal to 50 percent of the amount of lottery proceeds disbursed during the preceding fiscal year shall be deposited into the subaccount. If the net proceeds paid into the Lottery for Education Account in any year are not sufficient to meet the amount appropriated for higher education scholarships, the shortfall reserve subaccount may be drawn upon to meet the deficiency. In the event it becomes necessary to draw from the reserve subaccount in any fiscal year, the scholarship program shall be reviewed and shall be reduced to accommodate available lottery proceeds, exclusive of the scholarship shortfall reserve subaccount, through such methods as reducing the family income cap qualification, reducing or eliminating grants for student fees and books, and reducing the academic years funded. (4) A shortfall reserve subaccount shall be maintained within the Lottery for Education Account. The amount of the shortfall reserve subaccount shall be equal to 10 percent of the total amount of lottery proceeds deposited into the Lottery for Education Account for the preceding fiscal year. If the net proceeds deposited into the Lottery for Education Account in any year, exclusive of the amount in the shortfall reserve subaccount, are not sufficient to meet the amount appropriated for education purposes pursuant to subsection (c) of this Code section, the shortfall reserve subaccount may be drawn upon to meet the deficiency. In the event the shortfall reserve subaccount is drawn upon, the subaccount shall be brought back to the appropriate level with the first available funds duly deposited into the Lottery for Education Account.

(c)(1) In the budget report to the General Assembly, as a separate budget category entitled "lottery proceeds," the Governor shall estimate the amount of net proceeds and treasury earnings thereon to be credited to the Lottery for Education Account during the fiscal year and the amount of unappropriated surplus estimated to be accrued in the account at the beginning of the fiscal year. The sum of estimated net proceeds, treasury earnings thereon, and unappropriated surplus shall be designated lottery proceeds.

(2) In the budget report the Governor shall further make specific recommendations as to the education programs and purposes for which appropriations should be made from the Lottery for Education Account. The General Assembly shall appropriate from the Lottery for Education Account by specific reference to it, or by reference to "lottery proceeds." All appropriations of lottery proceeds to any particular budget unit shall be made together in a separate part entitled, identified, administered, and accounted for separately as a distinct budget unit for lottery proceeds. Such appropriations shall otherwise be made in the manner required by law for appropriations.

(3) It is the intent of the General Assembly that appropriations from the Lottery for Education Account shall be for educational purposes and projects only.

(4) If, for any educational purpose or program, less is appropriated in or during the fiscal year than is authorized, the excess shall be available for appropriation the following fiscal year and shall not retain its character as funds for the particular purpose.

(d) Appropriations for educational purposes and programs from the account not committed during the fiscal year shall lapse to the general fund and shall be credited to the Lottery for Education Account.

(e) Except as qualified by this chapter, appropriations from the Lottery for Education Fund shall be subject to Part 1 of Article 4 of Chapter 12 of Title 45, the "Budget Act."

(f) In compliance with the requirement of the Constitution that there shall be a separate accounting of lottery proceeds, no deficiency in the Lottery for Education Account shall be replenished by book entries reducing any nonlottery reserve of general funds, including specifically but without limitation the revenue shortfall reserve or the midyear adjustment reserve; nor shall any program or project started specifically from lottery proceeds be continued from the general fund; such programs must be adjusted or discontinued according to available lottery proceeds unless the General Assembly by general law establishes eligibility requirements and appropriates specific funds within the general appropriations Act; nor shall any nonlottery surplus in the general fund be reduced. No surplus in the Lottery for Education Account shall be reduced to correct any nonlottery deficiencies in sums available for general appropriations, and no surplus in the Lottery for Education Account shall be included in any surplus calculated for setting aside any nonlottery reserve or midyear adjustment reserve. In calculating net revenue collections for the revenue shortfall reserve and midyear adjustment reserve, the state auditor shall not include the net proceeds.

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