Florida Lottery's New Scratch-Off Partnership Set to Boost Education Funding

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Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Lottery has signed a new Scratch-Off contract with Scientific Games that is projected to generate $135 million to education over the next seven-and-a-half years. The company will continue to serve as the Lottery’s primary Scratch-Off game provider through 2027, with extension options up to an additional seven years. The new contract is expected to generate at least an estimated $18 million in additional contributions to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) each year during the term of the initial agreement, based on the latest Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) projections.

“I’m proud to announce that the Florida Lottery will be generating at least an additional $18 million to education each year as a result of their new Scratch-Off contract,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “The Florida Lottery has been a dependable contributor to education in our state, transferring $1.9 billion last fiscal year and over $1 billion each of the last 17 years. I look forward to working with our partners in the legislature to ensure we continue to maximize revenues to enhance education.”

“Thanks to the leadership of Governor DeSantis, and the hard work of our Lottery team, the new contract is expected to generate $135 million for education in Florida,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Jim Poppell. “We set out to sign a contract that allows us to continue offering the best games possible at a cost-savings to the state. In collaboration with Scientific Games, the Lottery will continue to offer best-in-class Lottery products, emphasize our responsible gaming initiatives, and maximize revenues in support of Governor DeSantis’ bold vision for education in our state.”

“We are pleased the Florida Lottery chose Scientific Games for our unique ability to grow profits to benefit so many students in the state of Florida,” said Scientific Games Vice President of Instant Products John Schulz. “We will continue to provide our world class services to expertly manage the full lifecycle of the Lottery’s instant games, as well as the great licensed brands that Florida players love.”

The new contract includes an integrated portfolio of unique game content with products and services designed to maximize contributions to education, including expanded digital promotions and increased efficiencies to ensure products are delivered to retailers as quickly as possible. Additionally, Scientific Games will be fully integrated into the Florida Lottery’s Play Responsibly initiatives and training aimed at building responsible gaming best practices into all aspects of operations.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

Throughout the Lottery’s partnership with Scientific Games, the Lottery has experienced nine consecutive years of record Scratch-Off sales and is currently ranked 4th among Lotteries worldwide in overall Scratch-Off sales. The Florida Lottery is also the 2nd most efficient Lottery in the country, generating over $7.1 billion in sales last year with only 418 FTE.

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $35 billion to education and sending more than 808,000 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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