With Georgia poised to become the sixth state to legalize recreational marijuana next week, some observers are looking to the state’s lottery to help boost its economy.
The lottery will offer a chance to enter the state to win $1 million worth of lottery tickets and to purchase up to $2,500 worth of recreational marijuana at a single store.
Georgia lottery officials said they plan to give the lottery a chance at helping stimulate the state economy.
“We want to encourage people to use the lottery as a way to spend money,” lottery commissioner John J. Williams said.
“If people have a little bit of money and want to get into the economy, then we have a lot of good incentives to make sure they do.”
Williams said he thinks the lottery’s lottery numbers are a bit low, but he also said it is something that could help spur growth in the state.
“I think it can be a very effective tool to make that economic boost in the economy,” Williams said, noting that the state has already seen an uptick in sales of marijuana.
Williams said the lottery would not set a limit on how many people could win a prize, but said they hope to have a lottery that encourages more people to participate.
“That’s something we’ll be exploring in the future,” Williams told the Associated Press.
“I think we’ll look at a lot more of that.
We just don’t have a ton of data yet.”
Georgia lottery winners can now purchase recreational marijuana in several states, including Colorado, which is currently operating a state-licensed retail marijuana market.
But it is illegal to grow or possess marijuana in Georgia, where the Department of Revenue says the sale of marijuana remains a misdemeanor offense.
The state is still facing a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, which claims that the lottery is discriminating against non-marijuana smokers.
Williams has said he expects the lottery will be the largest state lottery ever, but that the process could be slowed by the legal battle with the ACLU.
Georgia officials have said that in 2018, the lottery generated more than $7 million in revenue for the state, which has been in the black for years.
But that revenue may not last, with some experts predicting that it could dry up after the state legislature adjourns for the year in March.
Georgia is also in the midst of another legal fight over marijuana laws.
The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether the state illegally regulates the sale and use of recreational pot.
The investigation has already led to several arrests, including former Georgia Attorney General Michael McDowell and former Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.