Florida Lottery posts record breaking sales of more than $141M
March 17, 2017 9:34 AM
by Robert Mann
Despite ongoing legal battles, the Florida Lottery broke its own record last week posting total sales of more than $141 million, lottery officials announced Tuesday. It’s the second straight week the sales record has been toppled.
For each of the past two weeks, Florida Lottery’s contributions to the state’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) exceeded $19 million from scratch-off sales alone, lottery officials revealed. Total scratch-off sales for last week alone reached $103.23 million, with overall sales hitting $141.28 million.
Florida has conducted a state-run lottery for the last 29 years.
The record comes despite a Leon County judge invalidating the lottery’s $700-million contract for new equipment, agreeing with some state lawmakers that the agency went on an unauthorized spending spree when it made the deal in 2016. Florida Gov. Rick Scott supports the contract and says he will appeal the judge’s decision.