Gambling’s success in Georgia would likely depend on form it took Maya T. Prabhu, Atlanta Journal-Constitution · September 7, 2019 at 12:50 pm Georgia lawmakers are once again looking at gambling to bring in more money to help fund the HOPE scholarship. But what form it took would determine how lucrative expanding gaming could be for the state. Casino gambling reported record numbers last year, the thoroughbred horse racing industry is shrinking, and experts say sports betting’s impact would be minimal. Georgia lawmakers are studying the potential economic benefits of expanding gambling in the state, which supporters say would bring thousands of jobs and pump hundreds of millions of dollars into the struggling Georgia Lottery-funded HOPE scholarship. Jennifer Roberts, associate director of the International Center for Gaming Regulation at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a gaming law expert who has represented major hotel chains, said factors such as Georgia’s relative isolation from other gaming make a valid case for expanding the industry.