December 8, 2019

FLORIDA LOTTERY EDUCATION CONTRIBUTIONS REACH $36 BILLION

| 11/13/2019

TALLAHASSEE - 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 $36 billion over the past 31 years. Since the Lottery's inception, Florida's public schools have received more than $11.6 billion, while colleges and universities have received a combined total of more than $8.4 billion. More than $6.2 billion has been used to fund the Bright Futures Scholarship Program, which has sent over 840,000 students to college since 1997.

"We are incredibly proud to reach this milestone in contributions to education in Florida," said Florida Lottery Chief of Staff Samantha Ferrin. "The Florida Lottery has remained steadfast in its commitment to helping students achieve their dreams, and that begins with an exceptional education. Since January, under Governor DeSantis' leadership, we have transferred more than $1.5 billion to education. As we look towards the future, we will continue to help equip Florida's students and schools with the tools needed to succeed."

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 17 consecutive years while remaining one of the most efficiently operated lotteries in the country.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $36 billion to education and sending more than 840,000 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 $65 billion in prizes and made more than 2,500 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.

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