July 8, 2013 – In a press release this morning, the Florida Lottery announced that it blew past last year’s record sales numbers by more than $500 million to reach a new record of $5 billion in Lottery sales.
The Lottery was happy to announce that Florida’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund can expect a deposit of $1.41 billion this year, a record high $100 million higher than last year’s Lottery contributions to Florida education.
“Today’s news that the Florida Lottery will invest more than $1 billion for Florida’s education system means more students will have the opportunity to get a quality education,” said Gov. Rick Scott.
He also said the money will help “provide teachers with a well-deserved pay raise.”
The Florida Lottery celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and with this year’s records, they can also celebrate 11 consecutive years of more than $1 billion returned to state education.
“The Lottery’s sole mission is to sell tickets to generate additional funding for education. We are extremely proud to be able to transfer this unprecedented amount to education this year,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell.
In its 25 years, the Florida Lottery has returned more than $25 billion to the state education fund, which in part has helped some 600,000 students attend college with the Bright Futures Scholarship program.
According to the Florida Lottery website, almost 1,000 schools have been built or renovated across the state thanks to funding from the Lottery.
And with more than $37 billion paid out in prizes over the past 25 years, Florida Lottery players – almost 1,500 millionaires among them – are pretty thankful for the Lottery too.