Georgia

 

Major events in Georgia gaming history

1976

A constitutional amendment legalizes bingo for non-profit organizations

1977

The  Georgia Department of Revenue is charged with regulating bingo

1980

Legislation gives the Georgia Bureau of Investigation the authority to enforce and regulate bingo

1992

In November, voters approve a state lottery

1993

The Lottery begins instant ticket sales on June 29
Lotto Georgia is launched in September

1994

Fantasy 5 is launched in November

1995

The Lottery adds Powerball in July
Fast-draw keno is added to the Lottery’s product lineup

1996

In August, the Lottery discontinues Powerball and joins The Big Game (now Mega Millions)

2001

In September, the Lottery joins Kentucky and Virginia in Lotto South

2006

The Lottery offers its first limited-run raffle game in November

2010

On January 31, the Lottery joins others across the country and adds Powerball after a historic cross-selling agreement allows the sale of both Mega Millions and Powerball
A new daily game, Georgia Five, launches in August

2011

Decades of Dollars, a $2 online game also played in Kentucky and Virginia, begins ticket sales on January 30

2012

The Georgia Lottery board approves Internet ticket sales in July
Internet sales begin in November for the Lottery's players club members

2013

The Georgia Lottery begins regulating Coin Operated Amusement Machines (COAMs) in April

2014

The Lottery launches MONOPOLY Millionaires' Club with 22 other lotteries on October 19; the game was discontinued in December

2016

The Lottery joins the multi-state game Cash4Life in August
The Lottery introduces Print n Play instant games in November


Online gaming

In July 2012, the Georgia Lottery announced plans to offer Internet ticket sales. A few games became available to players' club members on November 25, 2012. The Lottery added keno to its online options in late 2013, and launched electronic instant games in the spring of 2014.

 

Lottery

The Georgia Lottery Corp. began operations in June 1993. The current game offerings include instant tickets, Powerball, Mega Millions, Cash4Life, Fantasy 5, Georgia Five, All or Nothing, Jumbo Bucks Lotto, 5 Card Cash, Cash 3, Cash 4, Keno and Print n Play (instant play style games played through the lottery's terminal system). The lottery also offers limited-run raffle games.

Beginning in April 2013, the Georgia Lottery also regulates Coin Operated Amusement Machines in Georgia. More information about COAM.

Net proceeds are used to fund educational programs including tuition grants, scholarships or loans to undergraduate college students and teachers who seek advanced degrees in critical areas of need, and voluntary pre-kindergarten programs.

Georgia Lottery Corp.
250 Williams Street, Suite 3000
Atlanta, GA 30303-1032
Phone (404) 215-5000

 

Charitable gaming

A 1976 constitutional amendment legalized bingo for non-profit organizations, but did not require regulation or include any restrictions. A 1977 law, upheld by the State Supreme Court in 1978, empowered the Georgia Department of Revenue to enforce the bingo statute and required all organizations operating bingo to be licensed.

In 1980, the Georgia General Assembly passed legislation that gave the Georgia Bureau of Investigation the authority to enforce and regulate bingo.

There are currently 193 active and 41 inactive bingo operations in Georgia.

Bingo Unit
Georgia Bureau of Investigation
3121 Panthersville Road
Decatur, Georgia 30034
Phone (404) 270-8525

 

Last updated on December 10, 2016