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AN EDUCATION LOTTERY FOR OUR CHILDREN

*   Georgia has an education lottery, and it has 17,700 teen gambling addicts (GA Dept of Human Resources).

*   Georgia's graduation rates dropped from 64% in 1991 to 58.1% in 1996 after the lottery was installed.

*   Georgia's crime rates are up; while the nation's are down (FBI).

A vote for an "education lottery" means (according to Georgia DHR and the Harvard Medical School):

*   One child in every high school class will become a compulsive gambler.

*   Over 4% of our college students will become compulsive gamblers.

*   Over 2% of all adults will become problem gamblers.

*   67% of these addicts will commit crimes to finance their addiction.

*   The state will have 1000 pathological gamblers for each big winner.

It is little wonder that Benjamin Franklin advised: "Keep flax from fire, and youth from gaming."

'_love ... children..." -Titu5 2:4