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Posted: October 27, 2011 12:26 p.m.

Casinos in Ga. could net $1 billion

ATLANTA (AP) - A study produced for the Georgia Lottery Corp. found that casinos at key locations across the state could generate nearly $1 billion annually.

The study by Spectrum Gaming Group released Thursday looked at casinos in metro Atlanta, Savannah and Jekyll Island opening by 2014. The report also gauged locations in Cobb, Clayton and DeKalb counties and at Lake Lanier.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported details of the $91,000 study.

The report has been given to Gov. Nathan Deal, who has expressed concern in the past about casino gambling in Georgia. A spokesman for Deal did not immediately comment on the report.

A spokesman for state House Speaker David Ralston declined comment, saying he had not read the report.

Casino gambling would face a cool reception in the Republican-led Georgia Legislature.

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