The Florida Lottery announced today its latest transfer to the state’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) has brought its life-to-date education contributions to $34 billion over the past 30 years.
“Everything we do at the Florida Lottery is with the goal of maximizing contributions to enhance education in our state,” said Secretary Jim Poppell. “We are thankful to Governor Scott for his leadership, the Florida Legislature for its continued support, and our loyal players, retailers and dedicated employees who made this achievement possible. The Florida Lottery also wishes to extend its heartfelt condolences to all the families who lost their homes and businesses due to Hurricane Michael. Many of these citizens are our retail partners and players. We are keeping everyone affected by Michael in our thoughts and prayers.”
Since the Lottery’s inception, Florida’s public schools have received more than $11.6 billion, colleges and universities have received a combined total of more than $8.4 billion, and more than $5.6 billion has been used to fund the Bright Futures Scholarship Program, sending over 808,000 students to college since 1997.
The benefits of the Lottery continue to be felt in communities across the state. Since 1988, the Lottery has established itself as a committed and dependable funding source for public education; contributing more than $1 billion annually for the past sixteen consecutive years, while remaining one of the most efficiently operated lotteries in the country.