The Lottery Bonuses

I’m all for keeping salaries competitive, but still.

Top Georgia Republicans are calling for a review of the bonuses awarded to Georgia Lottery officials.
Georgia Lottery President Margaret DeFrancisco and her employees collected nearly $3 million in bonuses this year, a sum that has mystified Georgia legislators who three years ago tightened requirements for the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship to keep it financially solvent.

House Higher Education Committee Chair Bill Hembree said the figures were


  1. The Comma Guy says:

    Sadly, this is a yearly thing. Last year when HOPE was “in danger” the AJC skewered the Lottery folks over their pay and bonuses. Looks like someone did not learn a lesson from all the negative press.

    Even though it’s a “corporation” the folks at the Lottery are not going to be able to keep hiding behind this label if they keep shelling out money for bonuses while telling college students that they might not get their 2nd semester of tuition paid.

  2. EAVDad says:

    This is a bad PR issue. But the point the folks from the lottery have does have some merit. These bonuses seem excessive, but you can’t treat these folks like regular state employees. You’ll never attract or keep good people.

    Still…expect the legislature to make changes now that the AJC has done what they should have done.

  3. Doug Deal says:

    Like you really need “good people” to convince the under-educate to sqander their money on gambling schemes.

    State sponsored lotteries are an abomination, particularly when it has outlawed private gambling, which at least pays back around 95% of a bet, while the lottery pays back around 50%.

  4. EAVDad says:

    I guess “good people” was a bad phrase to use. I agree with you Doug. But if you are going to have one and connect it to education, you will want people who can make it work.

  5. Doug Deal says:


    Certainly, but I think adequate people is probably all the standard you need, and you can buy a whole slew of adequate people for a few million.

  6. ee, not on my watch. šŸ™‚ Just for fun, after Dec 11th, keep a tally of all the mail which begins with Honorable and let us know all the corporate perks and influence that is being lauded on our fab fifteen?

    plus, we need to revisit health care insurance and pension benefits for our part time County Commissioners while we are at it.

  7. Goldwater Conservative says:

    Should the investigation be into the extra money that Gov. Perdue has been raking in … and avoiding in taxes? Or does that not matter because he is a Republican?

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