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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: Jim Poppell
Start - up:
Lottery created:
First Tickets sold:

1986
January 12, 1988
No. of Employees: 402
No. of Retailers: 13,073
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
Advertising: St. John & Partners
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
Gross Sales FY2014: $5.368 billion
Gross Sales FY2015: $5.583 billion
Gross Sales FY2016: $6,063 billion



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 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 on April 29, 1988, Florida Lotto and Cash 3. Lottery fever followed, resulting in a then-world record lotto jackpot of $55 million in early September, and a single winner claimed the top 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, and became the third to surpass $4 billion in annual sales during fiscal 2011. Along with current versions of its original two draw games, the Florida Lottery now offers Powerball, Fantasy 5, Mega Money, Play 4 and Lucky Lines. Its instant portfolio includes some 60 different games in the marketplace at any given time.
As sales grew, so have revenues, and the Lottery remains a dependable contributor to education. More than one $1 billion in each of the past ten fiscal years has benefitted Florida students and public schools, colleges and universities statewide; the revenue accounts for approximately six percent of the state’s total education budget.
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. The Bright Futures Scholarship Program provides financial aid for higher education, and colleges and universities have received Lottery revenue to help keep them running and affordable to Florida students.
Lottery dollars have also funded School Recognition and Merit Programs for improved schools, and have helped build and renovate nearly 800 schools through the Classrooms First and Classrooms for Kids programs.

 

News Archive for CY2019
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


News Archive for CY2016
December 15, 2016 Lottery Chief Denies Minority Groups Targeted for Sales
November 1, 2016 PPK Lands $150 Million Florida Lottery Account
October 4, 2016 Florida Lottery Has Best First Quarter Ever; Sales Exceed $1.44 Billion!
October 1, 2016 New IGT Contract Provides the Opportunity for the Florida Lottery to Plan Major Expansion
September 21, 2016 Pick 2™ and Pick 5™ Reach 100th Drawing Milestone
September 8, 2016 IGT Signs Contract with the Florida Lottery to Provide Wide Array of New Lottery Solutions and Ongoing Services for 13 Years, Through 2031
September 6, 2016 Florida Lottery Has Best August on Record Second Year in A Row
August 8, 2016 Lottery Advertising Case Dismissed
August 5, 2016 Florida Lottery Has Best July on Record
August 1, 2016 Introducing New Pick Daily Games From The Florida Lottery
July 25, 2016 Florida Lottery Players Will Soon Have Two New Draw Games to ‘Pick’ From
July 18, 2016 What Happens to Florida Lottery Games Under Gambling Amendment; Would Mega Millions be Off Limits?
July 15, 2016 Florida Lottery Advertising Contract Subject to Protest Petition
July 6, 2016 Accreditation Team Invites Public Comments About Florida Lottery, Division of Security, Accreditation Assessment
July 1, 2016 Florida Lottery Celebrates New Milestones
June 27, 2016 Bid Protest Filed for $125 Million Florida Lottery Contract
June 24, 2016 Florida Lottery Appoint PP+K as Its General Market Agency Following Review
May 3, 2016 Florida Lottery Has Best April on Record
April 18, 2016 The Florida Lottery’s Newest Wheel Of Fortune Scratch-Off Ticket Sets Two Sales Records in Its First Two Weeks
April 5, 2016 America’s Favorite Game is Now in the Palm of Your Hand with the New Wheel of Fortune® Scratch-Off Game From the Florida Lottery
February 15, 2016 Florida Lottery Revenue for Education Surpasses $1 Billion for Current Fiscal Year
February 2, 2016 Bill to Limit Number of Scratch-Off Games and Ticket Prices Clears Senate Panel
February 2, 2016 Florida Lottery Shatters All Previous Monthly Sales Records
January 29, 2016 Florida Lottery Joins Michael Shank Racing for Rolex 24
January 15, 2016 Bill Would Limit the Number, Cost of Lottery Scratch Games
January 4, 2016 Florida Lottery Announce New Milestone in Revenue Generated for Education

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