Fla. Lottery Announces $22 billion in Contributions to Education

By: Florida Lottery Release
By: Florida Lottery Release

TALLAHASSEE –

The Florida Lottery today announced a new milestone of $22 billion in contributions to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF). For the past 23 years, the Lottery has remained a dependable contributor to Florida’s education system. In fiscal year 2009-10, the Lottery’s monthly transfers to the EETF totaled $1.247 billion, marking the eighth consecutive fiscal year of contributions of more than $1 billion. The agency’s latest monthly transfer brings the life-to-date total to more than $22 billion.

“We are proud of this accomplishment and what it means for Florida’s students and schools. Recognized as one of the most efficient lotteries in the nation, the Florida Lottery has remained a strong partner in helping generate additional funds for public education.” said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell. “Under Governor Rick Scott’s leadership, the Lottery will continue to focus on maximizing revenues for education while providing quality entertainment to our players, without whom this success could not have been possible.”

Lottery funding has contributed to K-12 programs in Florida’s 67 school districts, community colleges and state universities, the Bright Futures Scholarship Program, other state student financial aid, and the construction and maintenance of public schools through the Classrooms First and Classrooms for Kids programs. To date, more than 500,000 Bright Futures scholarships have been awarded statewide, making it possible for many of Florida’s future leaders to enroll in state universities, community colleges and workforce education programs of their choice.

Though Lottery contributions represent approximately six percent of the state's total education budget, the agency’s contributions continue to make an impact with more than $1 billion being transferred annually to the EETF for the past eight consecutive fiscal years. The Lottery’s success is directly tied to agency efforts to create new and innovative Lottery products designed to drive sales and increase contributions to education.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 19, 2011 at 12:11 PM
    Something is not right here
  • by Ben Location: Tallahassee on Feb 18, 2011 at 05:37 PM
    Where's the money going? Why the smaller jackots? and why the educational layoffs with the $22 billion? Who has the deep pockets?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2011 at 05:30 PM
    It's just money. The Indians didn't have any money and look where it got them. Uhhhh, never mind.
  • by Truth Location: Tallahassee on Feb 18, 2011 at 02:48 PM
    The sad truth about this money are the restrictions it comes with. I bet most people don't know is that while it is adverstised that schools will get a large "influx" of money it is often money that can't be spent. Most of the money allocated from the lottery goes strictly towards building funds not to the classrooms for resources and teachers for the students. So you can build a bigger and better library, however, you can not purchase the media materials to fill the library! RIDICULOUS!!!
  • by BULL Location: FLORIDA on Feb 18, 2011 at 02:22 PM
    TO TALLAHASSEE YOU SURE HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD. THEY HAVE CUT SO FAR BACK ON WINNING TICKETS IT'S NOT WORTH BUYING A TICKET ANYMORE. AND WHAT SCHOOLS ARE GETTING ANY MONEY? DOES ANYONE KNOW.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Tallahassee on Feb 18, 2011 at 01:15 PM
    22Billion did i read that correctly??? if so WHY THE HECK ARE THE SCHOOLS IN FLA A MESS?? all this monies have gone to paperwork not to the schools. Please I am not stupid since I went to Prv schools
  • by anon Location: here on Feb 18, 2011 at 01:08 PM
    So how many remember that when the propaganda was being advertised for everyone to vote for the lottery in the mid 1980s that it was said that most of the money raised would go direct to education? Did you know that after the referrendum passed that it was disclosed that ONLY 25% would go to education. The only people making out good on the lottery is the lottery secretary, the staff, the scratchoff and ticket printers, and the state. There sure seem to be fewer winning prizes and its like the odds were increase from 1 in 100,000 to 1 in 5 million. There used to be somewhat 'regular' high $ money winners until the new computer was put in place. Now it seems that the computer can sort everyones number entries and eliminate the ones they don`t want to get picked. Just as with Las Vegas - the odds are in favor of the house (state) and they love people spending MORE money than they could possibly win back.
  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Feb 18, 2011 at 10:06 AM
    This is very Noble of them . I commend the idea. However unless the Schools raise the bar , (As in my day , you did not retain the knowledge , you didnt pass.) we will continue to funnel endless money into a system which creates future employees as smart as fenceposts. Raise the Standard. Then spend the money , and teach the kids to pull up their darn pants!
  • by My2Cents Location: Tallahassee on Feb 18, 2011 at 09:43 AM
    This sounds great; however, why isn't the Lottery's Bright Future Scholarships available for use by the recepients during the summer sessions? These kids work HARD all year long to meet the eligibility requirements to be awarded a scholarship and then they have to take out LOANS to continue to go to school during the summer therefore creating unecessary debt them and/or their parents.
  • by Tallahassee Location: tallahassee on Feb 18, 2011 at 09:18 AM
    Glad to hear this..because they are not putting any money on the tickets....for anyone else to win..
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