FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
FLORIDA LOTTERY BREAKS SCRATCH-OFF SALES RECORD FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Lottery announced today that Scratch-Off ticket sales for the week ending February 17, 2013, exceeded $64.7 million, breaking last week’s record of $63 million. These sales are the highest single-week Scratch-Off ticket sales ever achieved in the Lottery’s quarter-century existence.
“I am thrilled to see players’ overwhelming response to our Scratch-Off games,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell. “The Lottery’s sole mission is to maximize revenue for education and record high sales ensure that Florida’s education system continues to receive these benefits.”
Last week’s sales were led by the MILLIONAIRE Scratch-Off game, with $9.9 million in sales, followed by GOLD RUSH TRIPLER, with more than $8.6 million. Also contributing to the record-breaking sales was the LIFE Family of Scratch-Off games, which launched this month, totaling more than $12.6 million representing 19.5 percent of the sales for this record week.
The Florida Lottery offers approximately 60 Scratch-Off games at any given time through vending machines or counter displays at more than 13,000 retailers statewide. Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, making up approximately 58 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $495 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2011-12.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is an integral part of Florida’s culture and landscape. Responsible for contributing more than $24 billion to education and sending more than 600,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program, the Florida Lottery is a dependable source of financial support for the state. The agency reinvests nearly 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 its inception, Florida Lottery games have also made more than 1,200 people millionaires. That’s more than $37.7 billion in prize payouts since 1988 when the first ticket was sold. As the agency celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2013, an innovative and fresh spirit shines through with a mix of new and classic games, an updated logo design and new brand identity, as well as a renewed commitment to benefitting the state, all while inspiring Floridians to imagine the possibilities of their dreams coming true. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
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