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Review of the Florida Lottery, 2018, Report No. 19-03, February 2019
 
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  • Lottery transfers to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund increased in Fiscal Year 2017-18 to $1.758 billion, or $102 million more than the prior year. This increase is primarily due to higher scratch-off game transfers as well as higher Powerball and Mega Millions draw game transfers.
  • Several additional game and product distribution options are available to further increase transfers to education. However, some of these options could represent expanded gambling.
  • The Department of the Lottery continues to outperform the legislative performance standard for its operating expense rate, which is second lowest in the nation.
  • The department should continue its ongoing efforts to protect the integrity of the lottery by including an evaluation of its security measures for fast play games in the scope of its next contracted security study and continuing to implement its retailer integrity program.
  • The department is implementing a plan to enhance the prevention of underage play, but if the Legislature wishes to address the potential that minors could purchase lottery tickets from vending machines, it could consider requiring the department to configure some or all of its vending machines to require age verification.
  • We found no evidence of the department or its contractor intentionally targeting particular populations with its advertising efforts. However, we found that certain demographic groups still may play the Lottery more than others.

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. 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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