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.”

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 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.