GEORGIA LOTTERY PROFITS NOT STOPPING GAMBLERS

July 15, 2001 8:07 PM
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The Georgia Lottery may be a good bet for college students and Big Game winners, but advocates for problem gamblers say their clients are the losers.

More than $4 billion in lottery profits has been paid for education scholarships, technology and programs, but the Department of Human Resources has spent little of the $200,000 a year fund for "treatment and education" of compulsive gamblers.

The DHR estimates that 144,000 people (2.4 percent) of Georgia adults are problem gamblers. The web site lists an incorrect phone number for the help line.