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Another lottery scratch-off record

The Florida Lottery on Monday noted that for the first time in its 25 year history, weekly sales of Scratch-Off tickets exceeded $74 million.

 The lottery notes that this is the fifth straight week the Florida Lottery has broken its  sales record. The newest record breaks the previous sales mark by $5.7 million.

 The Florida Lottery also notes that records indicate it's only the third state to pass the $70 million mark for weekly sales.  The two others are New York and Massachusetts.

 “Breaking this weekly Scratch-Off sales record shows our players are responding to our excellent product mix, especially considering that 22 different games had sales of more than $1 million last week,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell in the press release. “What makes us most proud is these record sales are leading to record transfers to education.”

 Lottery officials note that the Lottery’s newest $20 Scratch-Off game, $3,000,000 Flamingo Fortune, which launched on March 5. The $25 Millionaire Scratch-Off game followed closely behind with more than $8.5 million in sales. 

 More from the press release: The Florida Lottery offers approximately 60 Scratch-Off games at any given time through vending machines or counter displays at more than 13,000 retailers statewide. Scratch-Off games make up approximately 58 percent of ticket sales and generated more than $495 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2011-12.

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