Are Georgia casinos worth a gamble for education?By George Mathis, The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionMay 10, 2018 at 8:26 pmOther than my daily commute on I-285, I’m not fond of gambling.Or am I? I buy a lottery ticket every week. For $2, it’s a cheap source of hope.The Georgia Lottery provides a more practical type of HOPE to high school students — the hope they can afford to go to college.When the lottery-funded scholarship debuted in 1993 it paid 100 percent of tuition at public Georgia universities. The lottery is popular, but ticket sales haven’t kept pace with the cost of tuition, which rose 77 percent in a recent 10-year-period.Currently, HOPE pays up to $3,600 a semester for tuition at Georgia universities, which is about 82 percent of the cost at Georgia State University, according to their website.Both Democratic candidates for governor, Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans, say shoring up HOPE is a priority, and both have identified casinos as a new revenue stream. Both candidates have received campaign funds from MGM Resorts International, which has pitched a $1 billion casino in Atlanta.