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Lottery Scratch-Off Sales Increase; Options Available to Enhance Transfers to Education, Report No. 07-09, February 2007
 
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  • In Fiscal Year 2005-06, the Lottery achieved record scratch-off ticket sales and transfers to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund.  This increase is attributable to the Legislature’s authorization of variable prize payouts and transfer rates for scratch-off games.  However, the Lottery continues to face the challenge of maintaining revenue growth as scratch-off sales are expected to level off, and competition continues from other forms of entertainment and gambling.
  • To address this challenge, the Lottery should continue to expand its retailer network to increase sales distribution and revenues and expand its multi-priced on-line games.  The Lottery also could consider adding a super jackpot game or joining a multi-state game.  The Legislature could consider expanding Lottery games by authorizing video lottery terminals and a keno on-line game.  However, this would entail an expansion of legalized gambling in the state. 
  • The Lottery’s operating expense rate continues to decline, making it among the most efficient U.S. lotteries.  It could realize additional efficiencies and increase transfers to education by ensuring that contract terms represent the best value for the state, and continuing to explore ways to reduce costs for leasing office space and providing field support functions.  Enhancements to the department’s performance management system could help the Lottery identify further operational efficiencies.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of the 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. 14-06 Lottery Transfers Have Recovered; Options Remain to Enhance Transfers,published in January 2014.
  • 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. 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. 04-01 Progress Report:  Florida Lottery Makes Progress by Implementing Many Justification Review Recommendations, published in January 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. 02-11 Justification Review: Sale of Lottery Products Program, Department of the Lottery, published in February 2002.
  • 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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