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Ga. lottery board to meet for first time since developer pitched casino proposal

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Lottery Board is set to meet for the
first time since an Atlanta developer pitched a $450 million
proposal to help fund the HOPE scholarship.

Dan O'Leary's plan would redevelop the struggling Underground
Atlanta attraction in downtown Atlanta and replace it with a
29-story hotel with more than 5,500 video lottery gambling
machines.

The proposal could ultimately send $300 million each year into
Georgia's lottery-funded education program, including the HOPE
scholarship. Supporters say it could also boost downtown Atlanta's
economy and attract tourists to the area.

The proposal is not listed on the lottery board's agenda, but
the panel must ultimately decide whether to approve the project.


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