It's really not a surprise that the Florida Lottery broke records for most sales in a day and most sales in a week, but here are the numbers:
Floridians spent $49.7 million last Wednesday (Nov. 28) on lottery tickets, with $35.8 million of that for Powerball. That broke an overall record of $30.2 million set in 1990 when Florida Lotto reached $100 million and sales soared. (Note that the 1990 figure is pretty impressive, considering tickets were $1, while Powerball's are now $2. And if you adjust for inflation...)
For the week that ended Saturday, Floridians' lottery purchases totaled $138.7 million, beating the previous record set for the week of Sept. 10, 1990, of $131.4. million Powerball, which usually is about 10 percent of sales in Florida, accounted for 39 percent ($54.3 million).
The Powerball jackpot rose to $587.5 million last week, a record for the game and the second-highest U.S. lottery all-time behind the $656 MegaMillions jackpot three players shared in March.
The quote from the lottery:
“In our nearly 25 years of operations, the Florida Lottery has never seen a week like we saw last week,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell. “Floridians and visitors were caught up in Powerball fever, and that excitement clearly benefited the reason the Florida Lottery exists – to fund education programs. Based on the series of jackpot rollovers that started on October 6 and concluded on November 28, Florida Lottery Powerball sales generated nearly $58 million for the Education Enhancement Trust Fund.”Copyright © 2015, South Florida