State governments in the United States are those republics formed by citizens in the jurisdiction thereof as provided by the United States Constitution, with the original 13 states forming the first Articles of Confederation, and later the aforementioned Constitution. Within the U.S. constitution are provisions as to the formation of new states within the Union.
The Georgia Lottery is overseen by the government of Georgia, United States. Headquartered in Atlanta and run by the Georgia Lottery Corporation, the lottery takes in over US$1 billion yearly. By law, half of the money goes to prizes, one-third to education, and the remainder to operating and marketing the lottery. The education money funds the HOPE Scholarship, and has become a successful model for other lotteries, including the South Carolina Education Lottery.
Long unconstitutional in a highly conservative U.S. state, a government-run lottery was explicitly allowed in a 1992 constitutional amendment to Article I, Section II, Paragraph VIII of the Georgia State Constitution, approved in a referendum. The GLC was created by a separate bill in 1992 by the Georgia General Assembly, and then-governor of Georgia, Zell Miller, in the Lottery for Education Act (OCGA 50-27). Rebecca Paul, who began the Florida Lottery, then ran the Georgia Lottery for its first decade, before leaving to launch Tennessee Lottery in 2004.
The New York Lottery began in 1967 as the third modern U.S. lottery, after Puerto Rico's began in 1934, and New Hampshire's in 1964. It provides revenue for public education, and is based in Schenectady.
The Oklahoma Lottery is an American lottery that is operated by the government of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Lottery, which began operations on October 12, 2005, is a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). Like other state lotteries, purchasers must be at least 18 years of age in order to buy a lottery ticket for any of the drawn games or a scratch-off game.
In 2003, the Oklahoma State Legislature approved a lottery proposal to go before a vote of the people. Two state questions (SQ 705 and SQ 706) were placed on the general election ballot in 2004. Those questions, if approved, would set up a lottery commission and create a lottery trust fund. The Lottery was overwhelmingly approved.