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Lottery Transfers Have Recovered; Options Remain to Enhance Transfers, Report No. 14-06, January 2014
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  • Lottery transfers to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund increased by $103 million in Fiscal Year 2012-13 to $1.424 billion. Adjusted for inflation, these transfers represent a recovery compared to transfers made prior to the beginning of the recession in 2007. To increase sales during 2013, the Lottery continued to launch new products and enhance product distribution.
  • Several additional game and product distribution options are available to increase transfers to education. However, some of these options could represent expanded gambling.
  • The Lottery’s operating expense rate continues to meet legislative performance standards and is the third lowest in the nation. For additional efficiencies, the Legislature could consider removing the prohibition against purchasing lottery vending machines.
  • Increasing the Lottery’s current level of advertising expenditures is not likely to translate into an increase in net revenues, as we estimate that the return to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund for $1.00 of advertising is between $0.29 and $1.60, with a midpoint of $0.94. Although the Lottery appears to have reached a saturation point for its advertising expenditures, major reductions in advertising have the potential to adversely affect transfers to education.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of the Lottery

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 18-01 Review of the Florida Lottery, 2017,published in January 2018.
  • 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 Lottery Faces Challenges Meeting Future Revenue Demands, Continues Work to Improve Efficiency,published in December 2004.
  • Report No. 02-11 Sale of Lottery Products Program, Department of the Lottery,published in February 2002.

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