About the Florida Lottery (2024)

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2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 FAQs

2010

Apr 12
The Florida Lottery opens its new Draw Studio, located at Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee, FL. The new Draw Studio is home to the FLORIDA LOTTO®, MEGA MONEY™, FANTASY 5™, PLAY 4™ and CASH 3™ game drawings.

Aug 03
The professional football-themed Scratch-Off games, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS, DOLPHINS and JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS, go on sale. The partnership with these Florida professional football teams is the first of its kind in Florida Lottery history and is the first time a lottery offers games for three state pro football teams at one time.

Aug 23
The 1-OFF™ play style is introduced to CASH 3™, allowing players to miss their numbers by one and still have 26 more chances to win.

Oct 11
The Florida Lottery launches LUCKY LINES™, an instant-win game that offers players the opportunity to win big jackpot prizes without having to wait for a drawing. LUCKY LINES sales ended on May 14, 2013.

2011

Jan 11
The NBA-themed Scratch-Off games, MIAMI HEAT and ORLANDO MAGIC, go on sale, offering cash prizes of up to $100,000 and an opportunity to enter non-winning tickets in second chance drawings for a chance to win prizes ranging from VIP experiences to playoff fly away trips.

Feb 02
Governor Rick Scott appoints Cynthia F. O'Connell as the sixth secretary of the Florida Lottery.

Mar 21
The Florida Lottery launches a new $10 limited-time game, LUCKY 7 RAFFLE™, which offers the best odds ever to win $700,000 and awards more than 777 cash prizes on May 5, 2011. In addition, the first 100,000 LUCKY 7 RAFFLE tickets sold come with a free FLORIDA LOTTO® Quick Pick ticket good for the next available FLORIDA LOTTO drawing.

Dec 24
A $50 million FLORIDA LOTTO® jackpot is won, marking the 1,000th jackpot-winning ticket in the game's history. The ticket was claimed by Richard McMullen, of Tallahassee. The retailer who sold the winning ticket, Circle K, in Tallahassee, received a $150,000 bonus commission.

2012

Jan 04
POWERBALL® drawings move from Universal Studios Orlando to the Florida Lottery Draw Studio at Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee.

Jan 15
Improvements are made to the multi-state game POWERBALL®, which include bigger starting jackpots, better overall odds and more millionaires. In order to offer these improvements, POWERBALL tickets now cost $2 per play.

Apr 20
Governor Rick Scott signs HB 843 granting the Lottery the ability to utilize Full Service Vending Machine (FSVM) technology. The 2012 Legislative Budget included an appropriation for an initial 350 FSVM's to be distributed across the state.

Aug 28
FANTASY 5™ numbers 01-03-05-07-09 produce 98 top prize winners, setting a new record for the most top prize winners in a single draw since the game matrix changed to 5 of 36 in July 2001.

Nov 28
The Florida Lottery breaks the all-time sales records for daily, weekly and November sales, as a result of the $587.5 million POWERBALL® jackpot, the highest in history.

2013

Jan 07
The Lottery kicks off the week of its 25th anniversary by unveiling a re-branded, re-imagined Florida Lottery that includes a new logo, a new website and a renewed commitment to raising revenue for education.

Jan 08
The Florida Lottery partners with the Florida Department of State, VISIT FLORIDA and the University of West Florida to commemorate Florida's 500th anniversary by launching a new $3 Scratch-Off game, FLORIDA TREASURE HUNT.

Mar 25
The Florida Lottery announces a new milestone of $25 billion in contributions to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund in 25 years.

May 15
The Florida Lottery launches the multi-state game, MEGA MILLIONS®.

May 18
Gloria C. McKenzie, of Zephyrhills, wins the $590.5 million POWERBALL® jackpot, the largest POWERBALL jackpot in history and the largest jackpot ever paid to a sole winner at that time.

Jun 30
Fiscal year 2012-13 ends with sales of $5 billion, making it the highest sales year in Florida Lottery history. As a result, a record $1.4 billion in revenue was transferred to education.

Sep 09
JACKPOT COMBO is introduced, offering players the convenience of playing all three big jackpot games in a single transaction. JACKPOT COMBO players receive one $2 POWERBALL®, one $2 FLORIDA LOTTO® with XTRA and one $1 MEGA MILLIONS® Quick Pick ticket for the next available draw date.

Oct 19
Enhancements are made to the multi-state jackpot game, MEGA MILLIONS, which include bigger starting jackpots that grow faster, better overall odds and more opportunities to become a millionaire.

2014

Jan 19
POWERBALL® brings back the multiplier, offering Power Play® players who match 5 numbers a $2 million prize and multiplying all other non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times.

Mar 14
Cobie and Seamus Trust Dated April 21, 2014 became the first MEGA MILLIONS jackpot winners in Florida. The winners split the $414 million jackpot with one other winner in Maryland.

July 2
The Florida Lottery launches the LUCKY MONEY™ with EZmatch™ Draw game. LUCKY MONEY™ replaced the MEGA MONEY game that ended on July 1, 2014.

2015

Mar 16
The 1-OFF™ play style is introduced to PLAY 4™, allowing players to miss their numbers by one and still have 81 more chances to win.

Apr 17
The midday PLAY 4™ winning numbers, 1-1-1-1, produce the highest payout for a single PLAY 4 draw, a record $5,005,025.

Jun 30
Fiscal year 2014-15 ends with sales of $5.58 billion and $1.5 billion generated for education, marking the fourth consecutive year of record sales.

Oct 04
Changes are made to POWERBALL® that include better overall odds of winning any prize, an increased third prize of $50,000 and a 10X multiplier being added to the 2X, 3X, 4X and 5X Power Play multiplier numbers available when the advertised jackpot is $150 million or less.

Nov 23
Governor Rick Scott appoints Tom Delacenserie as the seventh secretary of the Florida Lottery.

2016

Jan 13
A Florida ticket was one of three nationally to win the world-record $1.58 billion POWERBALL® jackpot. The jackpot prize was claimed by The Nickel 95 Trust. This jackpot rollover series generated more than $114.6 million for Florida's students and schools and created 18 new Florida millionaires.

Jun 30
Fiscal year 2015-16 ends with sales of over $6 billion and $1.6 billion generated for education, leading to a total of $30 billion in transfers to education since 1988. This marked a fifth consecutive record breaking year for the Florida Lottery.

Aug 01
The Florida Lottery introduces two new Draw games, PICK 2™ and PICK 5™. CASH 3™ and PLAY 4™ are rebranded to PICK 3™ and PICK 4™ to complete the daily game product line.

2017

Feb 17
The Florida Lottery joins the multi-state, CASH4LIFE Draw game, offering prizes of $1,000 a Day for life and $1,000 a Week for life, to complement the current product mix.

Apr 3
The 1-OFF® play style is introduced to PICK 2™ and PICK 5™ , now players can be 1-OFF any of the Pick game winning numbers and have 356 more chances to win.

Jul 10
Governor Rick Scott appoints Jim Poppell as the eighth secretary of the Florida Lottery.

Sep 01
The Florida Lottery launches the instant-win game Fast Play.

Oct 28
Changes are made to MEGA MILLIONS® that include jackpots starting at $40 million; improved overall odds of winning $1 million; an increased third prize of $10,000; and a new matrix of 70 white ball numbers to choose from and 25 Mega Ball numbers. Tickets increase to $2 per play.

JACKPOT COMBO players receive one $2 POWERBALL®, one $2 FLORIDA LOTTO® with XTRA and one $2 MEGA MILLIONS® Quick Pick ticket for the next available draw date.

2018

Jan 1
The Florida Lottery begins selling FLORIDA LOTTO® with EZmatch™ tickets, allowing players to win up to $500 instantly.

Jan 5
Shane Missler, 20, of Port Richey, wins the $451 million MEGA MILLIONS® jackpot, becoming Florida's second MEGA MILLIONS jackpot winner and the 4th largest jackpot winner in MEGA MILLIONS history.

Jan 12
The Florida Lottery celebrates its 30th anniversary by hosting a reception at Headquarters attended by employees, retailers and past secretaries. Featured speakers included a current Bright Futures student, past and present Leon County Teachers of the Year, and the Lottery's first Secretary, Rebecca Hargrove.

Jun 30
The Lottery continues to celebrate 30 years with more than $6.7 billion in annual sales, for fiscal year 2017-18; the highest in Florida Lottery history. As a result, a record $1.7 billion in revenue was contributed to education.

Aug 05
Evening draw times for the PICK Daily Games™ moves from 7:57 P.M. to 9:45 P.M. E.T.

2019

Jan 29
LUCKY MONEY™ Draw game ended.

Jan 30
The Florida Lottery launches the JACKPOT TRIPLE PLAY with Combo™ Draw game.

July 1

Drawings for CASH4LIFE® move from Monday and Thursday nights to daily drawings.

Nov 15
Governor Ron DeSantis appoints Randall Hunt as the ninth secretary of the Florida Lottery.

About the Florida Lottery (2024)

FAQs

Is the Florida Lottery fixed? ›

Since all Lottery games are random, there is no specific pattern for winning Scratch-Off or Draw tickets. Each ticket sold has the same chance of being a winner.

What is the most won lottery in Florida? ›

$1.602 billion, Mega Millions, Aug. 8, 2023: Won in Florida. $1.586 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016: Three winners in California, Florida, Tennessee.

What Florida Lottery Scratch-Off ticket has the best odds of winning? ›

$5MM CROSSWORD CASH

Another $20 ticket. The odds of getting enough words on the card to have a winner are 1:2.9. I never play the crossword tickets, I'm afraid of messing up and missing something. But if you do play them, this is the crossword scratch off with the best odds.

Can you remain anonymous in the Florida Lottery? ›

Florida only allows those who win $250,000 or more to be exempt from public disclosure for 90 days. After that, state law requires the winner's name, city of residence, game played, and date and amount won to be provided “to any third party who requests the information.”

Who won the million dollar scratch-off in Florida? ›

— A Florida man took home the top prize after he bought a $5 scratch-off ticket from a Polk County grocery store. The Florida Lottery said Carlos Cole, Sr., 53, bought a ticket for the Seven Figures scratch-off game and managed to win the $1 million prize.

How much tax is on lottery winnings in Florida? ›

Florida. Florida also doesn't tax lottery winnings, so your Powerball prize will only be subject to federal taxes. (That's good news since a recent $1.58 billion Mega Millions winning ticket was sold in the state.) Florida is also one of nine states that don't have a personal income tax.

Who sells the most winning scratch offs in Florida? ›

Publix continues to sell most winning Florida Lottery tickets. Let's look at April winners How do you beat the odds playing Florida Lottery?

Where are the most winning scratch tickets sold? ›

Convenience stores sell the most winning lottery tickets
  • Liquor Stores. 194. ...
  • Supermarket. 109. ...
  • Mom & Pop Shop. ...
  • Bagel/ Doughnut Shop. ...
  • Tobacco Store/ Stand. ...
  • Gas Station. ...
  • Small Grocery Store. ...
  • Miscellaneous Retail Store.
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What is the most likely scratch card to win on? ›

Top 5 Scratch Cards with the Highest Return to Player
  1. Lucky Numbers – 96.57 %
  2. Whack a Jackpot – 96.30 % ...
  3. Wish Upon a Jackpot – 96.06% ...
  4. Pig Wizard – 95.82% ...
  5. Merlin's Millions – 95.17% Boasting an extremely high RTP for an online scratch game, Merlin's Millions is a popular choice for this type of casino genre. ...
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Does lottery winnings affect Social Security? ›

Your Social Security benefits will not be reduced as a result of winning the lottery, regardless of whether or not you have reached your full retirement age.

What bank does the Florida Lottery use? ›

Answer: Wells Fargo Bank, National Association d/b/a Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Has anyone won cash for life in Florida? ›

A Fernandina Beach man is Florida's first Cash4Life $1 million winner in the multi-state game, the Florida Lottery announced Tuesday. Lawrence Albertie, 61, bought his ticket from Flash Foods at 925-A S. 14th St. in Fernandina Beach, the Lottery said.

Is Powerball and Mega Millions fixed? ›

Powerball is not rigged and not all winners come from California. California is one of the largest states, by population, of the states that participate.

Is the Florida Lottery run by the government? ›

The Florida Lottery is the government-operated lottery of the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2022, the lottery offers eleven terminal-generated games: Cash4Life, Mega Millions, Powerball, Florida Lotto, Pick 2, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, Fantasy 5, Cash Pop, and Jackpot Triple Play.

What is the probability of winning the Florida Lottery? ›

This means that there are 22,957,480 different ways in which 6 numbers can be chosen from a total of 53 numbers. Therefore, the odds of correctly choosing the winning combination is 1 to 22,957,480.

How does the Florida Lottery notify winners? ›

The Florida Lottery will attempt to notify each winner by telephone or email using the contact information provided in the Winner's registration data no later than one business day (Monday-Friday) after the winners are posted on the Florida Lottery's website.

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