About the Florida Lottery (2024)

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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)


About the Florida Lottery? ›

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

Mega Millions
Mega Millions draws five rubber balls from a machine containing 70 balls. A sixth number, the "Mega Ball", then is drawn from a second drum, of 25 numbers. Powerball draws from two sets of numbers as well. The double matrixes are chosen so that both the jackpot odds and the overall odds of winning can be controlled.
https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Mega_number
, Powerball, Florida Lotto, Pick 2, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, Fantasy 5, Cash Pop, and Jackpot Triple Play.

How does the Florida Lottery work? ›

The Florida Lottery will hold official FLORIDA LOTTO™ drawings where six out of 53 numbers will be drawn at random. If your six numbers match the six winning numbers drawn in the official drawing for the date played, you win a FLORIDA LOTTO jackpot.

How is the Florida Lottery paid out? ›

Jackpot prizes from Florida Lotto®, Mega Millions®, and Powerball® are paid in 30 annual installments. Grand Prizes and Second Prizes from Cash4Life® are paid for the natural life of the winner. Certain Scratch-Off games may also be paid in annual installments in accordance with the rules for that game.

How much do you win with 3 numbers on Florida Lotto? ›

Matching NumbersOdds3× Base Prize
2-of-621∶8.58Free Ticket
Overall Odds1∶7.61
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Who runs the Florida Lottery? ›

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

How much tax will I pay if I win the lottery in Florida? ›

Florida. Florida also doesn't tax lottery winnings, so your Powerball prize will only be subject to federal taxes.

Which Florida Lottery has the best odds? ›

Here are the top three tickets to buy with the best odds of winning, according to the Florida Lottery website.
  • Gold Rush Limited has odds of 1-in-2.65 of winning at least $20. ...
  • $5 Million Triple Match has odds of 1 in 2.85 of winning at least $20. ...
  • $5 MM Crossword cash is yet another $20 ticket with a $5 million prize.
Apr 25, 2024

How much does the IRS take from lottery winnings? ›

Lottery winnings, considered taxable income, are subject to both federal and state income taxes. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) imposes a federal tax rate of 24%, and California's state income tax, with rates ranging from 1% to 13.3%, adds an additional layer of taxation.

How long does it take to get Florida Lottery winnings? ›

If the prize is less than $250,000, the player may receive the prize payment, less taxes when applicable, the same business day. If the prize amount is over $250,000, the prize payout, less taxes, will be ACH transferred to the winner's bank account within two business days in most instances.

How to collect lottery winnings in Florida? ›

How are winning tickets redeemed? Winning tickets of less than $600 may be redeemed at any Lottery retailer. To redeem a prize of $600 or more, the prizewinner must complete a winner claim form. Prizes from $600 up to $1,000,000 can be claimed in-person or by appointment at any Lottery District Office.

Does 2 numbers win anything in FLORIDA LOTTO? ›

Players who match just two winning numbers win a free FLORIDA LOTTO Quick Pick ticket for the next available draw. FLORIDA LOTTO with Double Play players who match the six winning numbers in the Double Play drawing win the $250,000 top prize.

Can you win Florida pick 3 with 2 numbers? ›

A back pair play allows a player to select only two digits and pays $25.00 for a 50-cent play or $50.00 for a $1.00 play if the two digits as printed on the player's ticket match, in exact order, the last two numbers of the official PICK 3 winning numbers for the drawing.

What does double play mean on FLORIDA LOTTO? ›

(a) Double Play® ‒ Double Play is an add-on feature in which players use the same six (6) numbers and Multiplier played in the FLORIDA LOTTO Base Game to play in a separate Double Play Drawing for a chance to win Double Play prizes.

Which bank does the Florida Lottery use? ›

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

What county in Florida has the most lottery winners? ›

Top 10 luckiest counties in Florida when it comes to winning the...
  • Pinellas.
  • Glades.
  • St. Johns.
  • Lake.
  • Polk.
  • Pasco.
  • Duval.
  • Didn't see your county? Check out the complete list »
Jan 6, 2018

Can lottery winnings be garnished in Florida? ›

That's right, folks. Florida law allows the state to withhold your lottery winnings to pay off certain debts. Think of it like a financial raincloud momentarily sprinkling on your parade of riches.

What is the difference between a $2 and a $3 Powerball ticket? ›

The Powerball ticket price is $2 per play. You can add Power Play for $1, bringing the total to $3 per ticket. The Double Play add-on also costs an additional $1 for a total of $3 per ticket.

Do you win anything with two numbers on FLORIDA LOTTO? ›

Players who match just two winning numbers win a free FLORIDA LOTTO Quick Pick ticket for the next available draw. FLORIDA LOTTO with Double Play players who match the six winning numbers in the Double Play drawing win the $250,000 top prize.

How do I know if my Florida Lottery ticket is a winner? ›

Scan your ticket: You can check to see if your ticket is a winner by using the self-serve ticket scanners at any authorized Florida Lottery retailer or by using the Lottery's free mobile app for iOS and Android users.

How many numbers do you need to win anything on Mega Millions? ›

How many Mega Millions winning numbers do you need to match to win a prize? You only need to match one number in Mega Millions to win a prize. However, that number must be the Mega Ball, worth $2.

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