FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2021
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS(850) 487-7727
FLORIDA LOTTERY APPLAUDS ACHIEVEMENTS DURING THE 2021 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
TALLAHASSEE - Today, Governor DeSantis signed the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 state budget. The Florida Lottery (Lottery) is proud to highlight the achievements reached during the 2021 Legislative Session. These accomplishments include Lottery Secretary Davis' Senate confirmation as well as fiscal items that will further assist the Lottery's core mission of maximizing revenues for the enhancement of education in Florida.
"I appreciate and value the support Governor DeSantis and the Legislature have for the Lottery, and I am honored to lead this agency in its mission to maximize revenues to enhance education in Florida," said Florida Lottery Secretary John F. Davis. "The Lottery takes great pride in being one of the most efficient Lotteries in the nation - currently operating on less than 1% of revenues. We also recognize that there is always room for growth, and that we must continue to meet the needs of our consumers in order to carry out our mission of generating additional funding for students and schools. Once again, I want to extend my gratitude to the Governor for his continued support. The items in the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 budget will help to improve core business operations and strengthen the Lottery's commitment to education."
During the 2021 Legislative Session, Secretary Davis was officially confirmed by the Senate, solidifying Governor DeSantis' appointment.
The Legislature also approved the Lottery's budget items recommended in Governor DeSantis' Florida Leads budget, which supports the Lottery by investing an additional $10.3 million. Items include:
For every $1 appropriated in the Lottery's budget, more than $10 are transferred to education. This fiscal year, the Lottery has already transferred more than $2 billion to the EETF, marking 19 consecutive years that the Lottery has transferred more than $1 billion to Florida's students and schools.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $39 billion to enhance education and sending more than 880,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 99 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Lottery retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $75.6 billion in prizes and made more than 3,000 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
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