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September 27, 2010

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September, 2010 | Supporting Education | Southern California

Lottery Teams Up with GTECH to Open Computer Lab in Santa Maria


SACRAMENTO – The California Lottery today teamed up with GTECH and elected officials to formally unveil a new after-school computer lab at the Abel Maldonado Youth Center in Santa Maria.

As part of its After School Advantage program, GTECH provided the Youth Center with new computers and laptops, printers, a scanner, educational software, desks, and other enhancements. The new computer lab offers Internet access, word processing, and artistic tools to students who attend the Center’s after-school programs.

“To be a part of an event like this is truly special,” Lottery Director Joan Borucki said. “We get the privilege of opening a place that is going to have such a profound impact on the lives of the kids in this community.”

Today’s program was a celebration of the continued achievement the Abel Maldonado Youth Center has made, and offered the opportunity for interested parties to view the new technology students will be able to access.

The opening also included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and press conference with state and local dignitaries including California Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado and California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell, among others.

GTECH’s After School Advantage program began in 1999 and has opened 145 computer labs across the nation. On average, GTECH donates $15,000 in state-of-the art computer technology, software, furniture, and volunteer hours to each After School Advantage lab.

The California Lottery is celebrating 25 years of enhancing education and supporting local communities. More than 94 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail commissions. Since 2000, Lottery players have contributed $1 billion to public schools each year and since we began in 1985, Lottery players have contributed more than $22 billion to education.