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Review of the Florida Lottery, 2017

Report 18-01, January 2018

Report Summary

Lottery transfers to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund decreased in Fiscal Year 2016-17 to $1.656 billion or $36 million less than the prior year. This decrease is primarily due to lower overall draw game sales and transfers, and appears more significant due to a record setting Powerball jackpot that increased ticket sales for the prior year.

Several additional game and product distribution options are available to further increase transfers to education. However, some options could represent expanded gambling. In addition, the introduction of new games likely would result in shifts in sales from existing games.

The Lottery continues to outperform the legislative performance standard for its operating expense rate, which is second lowest in the nation.

The Lottery should continue its ongoing efforts to protect the integrity of the Lottery by

  • improving its capabilities for identifying and investigating potential ticket theft or brokering by retailers; and
  • increasing the number of retailer locations with ticket self-checkers and providing a ticket scanning function in its mobile app.
If the Legislature is concerned about the possibility that minors could buy lottery tickets, it could consider directing the Lottery to configure its vending machines to require age verification.

Related Reports
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    Report 20-03 January 2020
  2. Review of the Florida Lottery, 2018
    Report 19-03 February 2019
  3. Review of the Florida Lottery, 2016
    Report 17-01 January 2017
  4. Lottery Sales Have Increased; Transfers to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund Remain Stable
    Report 16-01 January 2016
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