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Review of the Florida Lottery, 2017, Report No. 18-01, January 2018
 
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Lottery transfers to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund decreased in Fiscal Year 2016-17 to $1.656 billion or $36 million less than the prior year. This decrease is primarily due to lower overall draw game sales and transfers, and appears more significant due to a record setting Powerball jackpot that increased ticket sales for the prior year.

Several additional game and product distribution options are available to further increase transfers to education. However, some options could represent expanded gambling. In addition, the introduction of new games likely would result in shifts in sales from existing games.

The Lottery continues to outperform the legislative performance standard for its operating expense rate, which is second lowest in the nation.

The Lottery should continue its ongoing efforts to protect the integrity of the Lottery by
  • improving its capabilities for identifying and investigating potential ticket theft or brokering by retailers; and
  • increasing the number of retailer locations with ticket self-checkers and providing a ticket scanning function in its mobile app.

If the Legislature is concerned about the possibility that minors could buy lottery tickets, it could consider directing the Lottery to configure its vending machines to require age verification.

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. 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. 04-01 Progress Report: Florida Lottery Makes Progress by Implementing Many Justification Review Recommendations,published in January 2004.
  • Report No. 02-11 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 in June 1993.
  • Report No. 12133 Performance Audit of the Selection of On-Line Retailers Administered by the Department of the Lottery ,published in June 1993.
  • Report No. 11933 Performance Audit of the Personnel Program Administered by the Department of Lottery ,published in August 1992.

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