Playing video poker in Georgia could soon benefit the HOPE Scholarship. That would be the effect of a state law change proposed by legislators just this week.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, House Bill 487 if approved would put the control and enforcement of video poker machines to the Georgia Lottery Corporation. A share of the profits from those machines would then go into the HOPE Scholarship program.
The bill amends state law by striking language that prohibits video poker machines from rewarding players with tickets or products from the Georgia Lottery Corp. Currently, the machines, if operating under state guidelines, can only award gift certificates or similar type vouchers redeemable for merchandise at the business at which the machine is being operated.
A copy of HB 487 is attached to this article.
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