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Lottery Week: Florida Lottery celebrates billions donated to education in Florida

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Posted at 11:58 AM, Jul 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-15 12:01:11-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Lottery says billions of dollars have been contributed to education in Florida since 1988.

They say that over the years, the Florida Lottery has been dependable funding source for education, contributing more than $35 billion.

"Our contributions to Florida communities go far beyond the numbers," said Florida Lottery Secretary Jim Poppell. "Through the Bright Futures Scholarship and enhancements to education, we are able to create opportunities for students all across Florida. We also work to create lasting impacts in Florida communities through food drives, cleanups, mentorship programs and more. The Florida Lottery is proud to celebrate National Lottery Week and the partners, players and retailers across our state that help us give back to Florida communities."

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Approximately 98 percent of Florida Lottery revenue is reinvested back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers, and contributions to education.

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Florida is ranked second among U.S. Lotteries in terms of sales and efficiency, making Florida one of the most successful Lotteries in the country.

The Florida Lottery announces the week of July 15th as the inaugural observance of Lottery Week - a celebration of Lotteries across the country in acknowledgement of their collective contributions to education and the communities they serve.