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Progress Report: Florida Lottery Makes Progress by Implementing Many Justification Review Recommendations, Report No. 04-01, January 2004
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  • As recommended in our 2002 report, the Legislature amended the law to increase prize payouts for scratch-off games in order to maximize transfers to education.  The Florida Lottery launched new scratch-off games using this flexibility, resulting in an additional $27 million transferred to the Education Enhancement Trust Fund in 2002-03.  The Legislature also increased the bond requirement for filing bid protests, and the Lottery hired a consultant to review its procurement procedures, which contributed to the successful letting of the Florida Lottery’s latest on-line vendor contract.  The 2003 Legislature reduced the Florida Lottery appropriation by $1.6 million for 2003-04, based on our estimates of annual savings from centralizing prize redemption functions. 
  • The Florida Lottery implemented our recommendations to develop a long-term plan for revenue growth and enhance the existing on-line games.  The Florida Lottery is also in the process of implementing our recommendations to outsource field support operations, reduce the amount of leased office space, and is conducting a pilot study on centralizing prize redemption functions.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 02-11 Justification Review: Sale of Lottery Products Program, Department of the Lottery, published in  February 2002.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Lottery

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 17-01 Review of the Florida Lottery, 2016,published in January 2017.
  • Report No. 16-01 Lottery Sales Have Increased; Transfers to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund Remain Stable,published in January 2016.
  • Report No. 15-03 Lottery Transfers Continue to Increase; Options Remain to Enhance Transfers and Improve Efficiency,published in January 2015.
  • Report No. 13-02 Lottery Revenue Has Increased Over the Past Year; Options Remain to Enhance Transfers,published in January 2013.
  • Report No. 12-05 Recovery Expected in Lottery Revenue; Options Remain to Enhance Transfers,published in February 2012.
  • Report No. 11-12 Lottery Profits Decline; Options Available to Enhance Transfers to Education,published in March 2011.
  • Report No. 10-17 Lottery Jackpots, Retailer Density, and Advertising Drive Transfers to Education,published in January 2010.
  • Report No. 10-16 Lottery Profits Flat; Increasing Retailer Outlets Is Critical to Increasing Sales,published in January 2010.
  • Report No. 09-14 Lottery Profits Are Slowing with Economic Downturn; Advertising Services and Retailer Commission Rates Need to Be Addressed, published in March 2009
  • Report No. 08-19 Lottery Profits Continue to Increase; Options Available to Enhance Transfers to Education, published in April 2008.
  • Report No. 07-09 Lottery Scratch-Off Sales Increase; Options Available to Enhance Transfers to Education, published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 06-04 Florida’s Lottery Responding to Revenue, Efficiency, and Minority Retailer Challenges, published in January 2006.
  • Report No. 04-80 OPPAGA Report: Lottery Faces Challenges Meeting Future Revenue Demands, Continues Work to Improve Efficiency, published in December 2004.
  • Report No. 03-56 Justification Review: Additional Steps Could Be Taken to Aid Pari-Mutuel Wagering Industry and/or Cut Regulatory Cost, published in October 2003.
  • Report No. 12134  Performance Audit of the Selection of Instant Ticket Retailers Program Administered by the Department of the Lottery, published on June 24, 1993.
  • Report No. 12133  Performance Audit of the Selection of On-Line Retailers Administered by the Department of the Lottery, published on June 23, 1993.
  • Report No. 11933 Performance Audit of the Personnel Program Administered by the Department of Lottery, published on August 12, 1992.

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