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Florida Lottery
Address: 250 Marriott Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Internet: www.flalottery.com
Phone: (850) 487-7777
Fax: (850) 487-7709
Population: 18,537,969 (U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division)
Secretary: John Davis
Start - up:
Lottery created:
First Tickets sold:

1986
January 12, 1988
No. of Employees: 402
No. of Retailers: 13,264
Retailer Commission: Avg. 5.5%
Per Capita Sales $223.91
Prize Return: Average: over 50%
On-line Vendor: GTECH
Number of terminals: 13,250
Instant Ticket Vendor: Scientific Games
Games Offered: Powerball, Florida Lotto, Mega Money, Fantasy 5, Play 4, Cash 3, Scratch Offs, Grouper, secound chance, Millionaire raffle, Advance Play.
Sales Snap Shot
Sales: $7,505,111,884
Contributions to Education: $1,913,799,201
Prizes Paid to Players: $5,197,891,000



Background

 

In 1986, Florida voters enthusiastically approved a constitutional amendment authorizing a Lottery by a two-to-one margin. When the Florida Lottery began ticket sales on January 12, 1988, it became the first Southern state to launch a Lottery.
The Lottery's debut was a harbinger of great things to come - not only did sales begin six days ahead of schedule, but that first game, the MILLIONAIRE Scratch-Off ticket, set an industry record with more than $95 million in sales in the first 12 days. It was so successful that in just 17 days, the Lottery paid in full its startup loan of $15.5 million, plus interest.
Not resting on its laurels, Florida quickly launched its first two Draw games, FLORIDA LOTTO and CASH 3, on April 29, 1988. Lottery fever followed, resulting in a then-world record lotto jackpot of $55 million in early September, with a single winner claiming the jackpot prize. A year later, another record was set with a $106.5 million jackpot.
Today, the Florida Lottery is one of the top-selling Lotteries in North America, surpassing $4 billion in annual sales during fiscal year 2007, $5 billion in annual sales during fiscal year 2013, $6 billion in annual sales during fiscal year 2016, and $7 billion in annual sales during fiscal year 2019!
As sales have grown, so have revenues, and the Lottery remains a dependable contributor to education. More than $1 billion in each of the past 18 fiscal years has benefitted Florida students in K-12 schools and colleges and universities statewide.
Pre-kindergarten projects have directly affected the youngest Florida citizens, and thousands of K-12 students reap the benefits of Lottery dollars every school day. Meanwhile the Bright Futures Scholarship Program, which is primarily funded by Lottery revenue, provides financial aid for higher education. Since the program's inception in 1997, the Lottery has contributed more than $6.8 billion to send over 880,000 students to college.

 

News Archive for CY2020
January 1, 2021 Introducing GROUPER Super Sampler from the Florida Lottery
January 1, 2021 Florida Lottery Celebrates Accomplishments Reached in 2020
December 8, 2020 Winners Announced from The First Holiday Bonus Play Promotion Drawing
December 9, 2020 Walk into A ‘Win’-Ter Wonderland with Four New Scratch-Off Games from The Florida Lottery
November 12, 2020 Florida Lottery Offices Expanding Claim by Appointment Options for Players
November 12, 2020 Florida Lottery Reaches New Milestone Of $38 Billion in Contributions to Education
October 8, 2010 Florida Lottery Players Have A Chance to Become the Powerball® First Millionaire of the YearSM
October 8, 2010 New Florida Lotto® Features Bigger Prizes and Better Odds for Florida’s Flagship Draw Game
September 21, 2020 Make Some Extra Time for Winning with Five New Scratch-Off Games from The Florida Lottery
September 17, 2020 Cashless Lottery Payment Launches in C-Stores
September 15, 2020 Florida Lottery Celebrates Responsible Gaming Education Week
September 1, 2020 Florida Lottery Introduces A New Mobile App
August 24, 2020 Florida Lottery Winners Announced from the Second Monopoly™ Bonus Promotion Drawing
August 13, 2020 Florida Player Sole Winner of the $168.5 Million Powerball® Jackpot
June 17, 2020 The Florida Lottery Announce A New Limited-Time Mega Millions® Promotion
June 17, 2020 Florida Lottery Warns of Scam Targeting Elderly in South Florida
June 12, 2020 Florida Lottery’s New Player’s Guide Website Wins Gold Hermes Creative Award
January 13, 2020 Multiply the Winnings with Four New Scratch-Offs from the Florida Lottery


News Archive for CY2019
December 11, 2019 The Florida Lottery Receives Responsible Gaming Certification From The World Lottery Association
December 2, 2019 Ring In 2020 With Four New Scratch-Off Games From The Florida Lottery
November 15, 2019 Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Randall Hunt as Secretary of the Florida Lottery
November 18, 2019 Florida Lottery’s Statement on Governor Desantis’ Bolder, Brighter, Better Future Budget
November 11, 2019 Florida Lottery Education Contributions Reach $36 Billion
November 1, 2019 Florida Lottery Introduces Two New Fast Play™ Games
October 28, 2019 Application Filed for Scratch-Off Lottery Ticket System and Method with Visually Enhanced Digital Game Play Area
October 28, 2019 Try Your Luck with the Florida Lottery’s Newest Family of Scratch-Off Games
October 10, 2019 Florida Lottery Division of Security, Office of the Inspector General Receive Continued Reaccreditation
September 20, 2019 Governor Ron DeSantis Thanks Lottery Secretary Jim Poppell for Years of Dedicated Service to Florida, Wishes Him Well in Retirement
September 16, 2019 The Florida Lottery Joins Industry Leaders to Celebrate Responsible Gaming Education Week
September 16, 2019 Find Your Luck with the New $5,000,000 Luck Scratch-Off Game from the Florida Lottery
September 5, 2019 Start Your Weekends Off-Right with Bigger Fantasy 5® Payouts in September!
August 15, 2019 The Florida Lottery Introduces Three New Fast Play Tm Games
August 15, 2019 State Audit Targets Lottery Advertising
August 15, 2019 The Clock Is Ticking To Cash In On The Countdown To 2020
August 12, 2019 Beat The Summer Heat With Four New Scratch-Off Games From The Florida Lottery
August 16, 2019 The Florida Lottery Invites Players to Cash in on The Countdown to 2020
August 1, 2019 The Florida Lottery Invites Players to Cash in on the Countdown to 2020
July 15,2019 The Florida Lottery Celebrates The Inaugural National Lottery Week
July 1, 2019 The Florida Lottery is Giving Players New Ways to Win for Life
June 28, 2019 Florida Governor Vetoes Bill to Require Warnings on Lottery Tickets
June 28, 2019 Florida Lottery Players Will Soon Have More Days to Play Cash4life®
May 10, 2019 Florida Lottery Recognizes Independent Retail Partners During National Small Business Week
May 3, 2019 Florida Senate Backs Measure for Lottery Tickets to Carry Health Warning
April 23, 2019 REC Estimates Show New Warning Label on Lottery Tickets Could Slash Education Payouts by $64 Million in the First Full Year
April 12, 2019 Florida Lottery Reaches New Milestone of $35 Billion in Contributions to Education Over 31 Years
April 4, 2019 Florida Bill Seeks To Add Gambling Warnings On Lottery Tickets
April 1, 2019 International Game Technology to Oversee Florida Lottery System Conversion on April 15
March 15, 2019 Florida Lottery Bill Could Cost Education More than $60 Million
March 13, 2019 Senate Panel Advances Governor’s Lottery Appointment
March 5, 2019 Secretary of the Florida Lottery’s Statement on Governor’s State of the State Address
February 25, 2019 The Florida Lottery Introduces a New $30 Scratch-Off Ticket to Join the Gold Rush Family
February 18, 2019 Lawmaker Files Bill that would Prohibit the Use of Personal Electronic Devices to Buy or Sell Tickets or to Play Lottery Games
January 23, 2019 The Florida Lottery to Launch New Draw Game


News Archive for CY2018
October 5, 2018 The Florida Lottery Receives Top Responsible Gaming Certification
September 27, 2018 Florida Lottery Issues Invitation to Negotiate for a “New Scratch-Off Gaming Vendor Contract”
August 3, 2018 Evening Draw Times For Pick Daily Games™ Are Changing
July 11, 2018 Florida Lottery Posts $6.7 Billion in Sales
June 22, 2018 Government Stonewalls on Allegations of Florida Lottery Tickets Being Sold in Bermuda
May 28, 2018 Concern at the Sale of Florida Lottery Tickets in Bermuda Ignored
May 25, 2018 New Equipment Should Boost Lottery Revenues, Agency Says
April 11, 2018 The Florida Lottery Invites Players to Set Sail With Powerball®
April 9, 2018 Four New Florida Lottery Scratch-Off Games Offer Millions in Cash Prizes!
April 5, 2018 Florida Legislature May Convene Special Session to Adopt Seminole Gaming Pact
March 28, 2018 The Florida Lottery’s New $30 Game on Hazen Holographic Board Has Generated Their Best Weekly Sales Ever Recorded
March 12, 2018 The Florida Lottery Introduces Two New Fast Play Games – the Fastest Way to Win!
March 12, 2018 Florida Lottery Celebrates Latest Milestone of $33 Billion in Contributions to Education over 30 Years
March 5, 2018 Florida Lottery Shatters All Records Nationwide To Achieve the Best Scratch-Off Sales Week In History
February 1, 2018 The Florida Lottery Invites You to Win Big with the Cash4life® Bonus Bucks Promotion
January 29, 2018 Match and Win With the Newest Fast Play Game from The Florida Lottery
January 16, 2018 Report Says New Lottery Games and Expanded Product Distribution, Including More Retail Outlets, Could Generate Additional Revenue for Florida Lottery
January 16, 2018 The Florida Lottery is Celebrating Its 30th Birthday with a New Family of Scratch-Off Games!
January 12, 2018 Florida Lottery Celebrates 30 Years of Milestone Moments for Families and Students
January 6, 2018 Florida Player Sole Winner of the Fourth Largest Mega Millions® Jackpot in History
December 29, 2017 Win Now and Win Later with Florida Lotto® with EZmatch™


News Archive for CY2017
December 17, 2017 Florida Gov. and House Speaker Reach Deal over Lottery
December 4, 2017 The Florida Lottery’s New PAC-MAN® Scratch-Off Puts Your Favorite Arcade Game in the Palm of Your Hands
November 15, 2017 Governor Scott’s Securing Florida’s Future Budget Supports Continued Record Education Contributions
November 15, 2017 Florida Lottery Reminds Players to Give and Play Responsibly This Holiday Season
November 9, 2017 The Florida Lottery is Celebrating 25 Years Of Powerball®’s Winning Moments
October 24, 2017 Four New Scratch-Off Games from the Florida Lottery Make the Perfect Gifts This Holiday Season
October 9, 2017 Florida Lottery Warns Citizens of Mega Millions® Scam
September 18, 2017 The Florida Lottery is Giving Players A New Way to Win for Life with the $10,000 A Week For Life Scratch-Off Game
September 11, 2017 Florida Lottery Celebrates $31 Billion to Education
September 11, 2017 Florida Lottery Reaches $1 Billion in Education Contributions with Four Months Left in the Fiscal Year
September 11, 2017 The Florida Lottery To Resume Operations
September 10, 2017 The Florida Lottery Temporarily Suspends Drawings
September 1, 2017 The Florida Lottery Kicks Off Football Season With The Launch Of The Gameday Cash Promotion!
August 31, 2017 The Florida Lottery is Introducing A New Fast Play Instant Game
August 17, 2017 Florida Lottery Reaches A New Milestone For Education
August 5, 2017 36 New Chances to Win with Five New Scratch-Off Games From The Florida Lottery!
August 5, 2017 America’s Duelling Jackpots Compete for Player Excitement
August 5, 2017 There’s Still Time To Win More With The Florida Lottery’s Ezmatch™ Promotion
August 1, 2017 The Florida Lottery’s Grouper® Package Play is Back and Here to Stay!
July 15, 2017 Florida Lottery Confirms Resignation of Three High-Level Employees
July 15, 2017 Florida Lottery Contract Fight Put on Hold
July 15, 2017 Gambling Control Amendment Surpasses 100,000 Signatures
July 3, 2017 The Florida Lottery is Giving Players Four New Ways to Win for Life!
July 3, 2017 The Florida Lottery’s Summer Ezmatch™ Promotion Turns Up the Heat with Higher Instant Cash Prizes!
June 29, 2017 Governor Appoints New Florida Lottery Secretary
June 7, 2017 Lottery Security Reports Latest Sting Results; Makes One Arrest
June 7, 2017 David Mica Jr. Named Interim Head of Florida Lottery
June 2, 2017 Florida Lottery Celebrates Best May Sales on Record
May 19, 2017 Governor Scott Announces Resignation of Florida Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie
May 11, 2015 Florida Lottery Celebrates Best April Sales on Record
May 1, 2017 Florida Lottery’s Grouper® Promotion is Back for A Limited Time
April 24, 2017 Florida Lottery Sets New March Record for Contributions to Education
April 10, 2017 Play America’s Favourite Game Anytime with the New Wheel Of Fortune® Scratch-Off Game
April 10, 2017 Three Weeks Left To Win More With The Florida Lottery’s EZmatch™ Promotion
April 4, 2017 Florida Lottery Ends Third Quarter With Best March on Record
April 3, 3017 Now “Close Enough” is Good Enough to Win with PICK 2™ AND PICK 5™ 1-OFF®
March 28, 2017 House Panel Votes for a Bill That Would Require All State Lottery Tickets to Come with Warning Label
March 28, 2017 Florida Governor Appeals Loss in Lottery Case
March 28, 2017 Florida Lottery Players Are Winning Big With the New Cash4life® Draw Game
March 17, 2017 Instant Cash Prizes Are Springing Up With The Florida Lottery’s Latest Ezmatch™ Promotion
March 17, 2017 The Florida Lottery Introduces Two New Loteria Scratch-Off Games
March 14, 2017 Florida Lottery Scratch-Off Sales Exceed $100 Million For Second Consecutive Week
March 7, 2017 Florida Court Declares State Lottery Contract Void
March 6, 2016 Florida Lottery Sets New Single Week Record for Scratch-Off Contributions to Education of $19 Million
February 17, 2017 Florida House Speaker Files Lawsuit Against the State's Lottery Secretary
February 17, 2017 Florida Lottery Launch New Cash4life® Draw Game
February 14, 2017 House Speaker Reportedly Poised to File a Lawsuit Against the Florida Lottery
February 10, 2017 Florida Lottery Players Will Soon Have A New Draw Game To Play
January 12, 2017 Florida Lottery Celebrates 29 Years of Winning Moments
January 3, 2016 Florida Lottery Reaches $6.2 Billion in Sales During Calendar Year 2016

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