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Florida Lottery Achieves Highest Sales Month Ever

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Posted at 3:53 PM, Mar 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-03 08:13:23-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The Florida Lottery announces that it has broken its all-time monthly sales record with January sales exceeding $603 million thus far, with one week remaining. The Lottery’s previous record was March 2015 when sales reached $539.5 million.

“These tremendous sales mean great things for Florida, as Lottery players, retailers and the state’s education system will directly benefit," said Tom Delacenserie, Secretary of the Florida Lottery. "To be just three weeks into 2016, and already have hundreds of millions of dollars in prizes won, and an estimated $187 million in revenue generated for education is truly unprecedented."

A large portion of January’s record-breaking sales came from POWERBALL®, which accounted for $237.6 million of sales, 40 percent of which will go to education. The Lottery’s flagship draw game, FLORIDA LOTTO®, has also been experiencing a series of jackpot rollovers, which has generated higher sales. Couple that with the increased popularity of the Lottery’s daily draw games and assortment of Scratch-Off games, and the result is a winning combination.

The Lottery’s success so far this year, is spring-boarding from an incredible 2015. For the first-time ever, three of the Florida Lottery nine sales districts - Miami, Tampa and Orlando - each exceeded $1 billion in annual sales during the 2015 calendar year. This equates to $875.1 million in contributions for education. Through the years, the Lottery has grown and evolved, yet the emphasis on fulfilling its mission to maximize revenue for education remains the core pillar of the agency’s success.