The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the three lottery vice presidents she lured to Tennessee with her also cashed out when they left. They collected a total of $175,000.
The payouts are enough to fund about 75 HOPE scholarships for a full year at a state university at a time when Georgia is struggling to keep its scholarship program going.
HOPE scholarships are funded by lottery proceeds.
Paul and her lieutenants were beneficiaries of leave policies at the Georgia Lottery Corporation that paid them for unused vacation and sick days. Analysts say the leave policies they worked under were way more generous than those for any other state workers.