Florida Lottery Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Wednesday January 9th 2013

The Florida Lottery is due to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their first ticket sale on Saturday 12th January 2013, and to mark the occasion they have re-branded their famous flamingo logo. Over the last 25 years, the Florida lottery has gone from strength to strength, raising a total of $24 billion for education in the state, and paying out an amazing $37.7 billion in prize money. If this isn’t cause to celebrate, what is?

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The twice weekly Florida Lottery has a minimum jackpot of $2 million, but jackpots can frequently run into the tens of millions of dollars if no jackpot winner is found as there is no rollover cap. Just last week, a lucky ticket holder from Miami netted a jackpot of $16 million by matching all six numbers from the possible 53 on offer. However, the biggest jackpot ever seen on the Florida Lottery was back in September 1990, when six tickets shared a whopping $106.5 million jackpot!

The Florida Lottery reached a pivotal point in its history in July 2008 when it announced it was joining with the Powerball. Florida then became a key location for the Powerball, as the draw itself was moved to Universal Studios in Orlando on 7th January 2009. The first Florida winner of the Powerball was found on 3rd October 2009, when a player named Dr Steele claimed the $101 million jackpot prize.

To date, the Florida Lottery has created more than 1,200 millionaires since it first began in 1988, and continues to grow and develop in the state. A spokesperson for the Florida Lottery, its Secretary Cynthia O’Connell, has said of the anniversary re-brand “We believe that this rebrand is going to position us very effectively for the future. It’s a competitive edge for us to take on of the most popular consumer brands, really in the state, and rebrand it into something that will last for the next 25 years.”

Happy birthday, Florida Lottery.

Written by Brett Levenson

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