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Florida (FL) Lottery General Information
The Florida Lottery was created in 1986 through a constitutional amendment voters enacted by a two-to-one margin. Florida
voters authorized a lottery that would use all its proceeds to enhance public education in Florida.
Governor Bob Martinez and the Florida Legislature established just such an education lottery and dedicated it to “maximize
revenues to education to allow the people of Florida to benefit from significant additional monies while providing the best
lottery games available.”
Over the 16- year history of the Florida Lottery, both goals have been accomplished.
Driven by the legislative mandate for tickets to go on sale by January 18, 1988, the Lottery's "start-up" was a year
dynamic activity: Rebecca Paul was appointed as the Lottery's first permanent Secretary; employees were hired; vendors
for On-line and Scratch-Off games were contracted; retailers were recruited, vetted and trained; tickets dispensers and lottery
terminals were installed at retailers throughout the state.
All the “start-up” preparations culminated on January 12, 1988, when the Florida Lottery began sales of its very first
ticket -"six days" In its first week, the game exceeded $95 million in sales, and the Florida Lottery set a lottery industry record. MILLIONAIRE
and the other Scratch-Off games that quickly followed were so successful that - in just 17 days - the Lottery was able to
repay the original startup money borrowed from the state's General Revenue Fund, $15.5 million plus interest.