FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2017
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
FLORIDA LOTTERY SCRATCH-OFF SALES EXCEED $100 MILLION FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE WEEK!
~ Over $19 Million in Total Education Contributions for the Week~
TALLAHASSEE - For the second consecutive week, the Florida Lottery's contributions to the state's Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) exceeded $19 million from Scratch-Off sales alone. Total Scratch-Off sales for the week reached $103.23 million, with total sales overall hitting $141.28 million. Additionally, this marks the second consecutive week in Florida Lottery history that Scratch-Off sales exceeded $100 million in a single week.
"The consistent Scratch-Off sales demonstrated by the Florida Lottery over the past two weeks are integral to our mission to generate as much revenue as possible towards public education," said Secretary Tom Delacenserie. "The Lottery remains committed to providing Florida's students with the opportunities they need to be successful in school and in life."
Over the past 29 years, the Florida Lottery has established itself as a dependable funding source for public education. For 15 consecutive years the Lottery has transferred more than $1 billion to education, while remaining one of the most efficient lotteries in the nation. Additionally, the Lottery has contributed more than $5 billion to the Bright Futures Scholarship Program to send over 750,000 students to college.
Florida Lottery contributions represent approximately six percent of the state's total education budget. Lottery funds are appropriated by the Florida Legislature and are administered by the Florida Department of Education.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $31 billion to education and sending more than 750,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $52.4 billion in prizes and made more than 1,900 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
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