FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
FLORIDA LOTTERY CELEBRATES BEST APRIL SALES ON RECORD
TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Lottery had its strongest start ever to the final quarter of the fiscal year, with record sales for the month of April totaling more than $528 million. Over the past five years, sales during the month of April have swelled by more than $100 million, a 23.5% increase. Additionally, the Lottery contributed more than $130 million to the state's Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) during the month of April alone.
"I am extremely proud of our Florida Lottery team and retailers as we continue to shatter previous records," said Florida Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie. "In addition to their winning experiences, our players should take pride in knowing that with the purchase of every Lottery ticket, they are making a difference in the lives of Florida's students."
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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