TAMPA, Fla. — The Florida Lottery reached $36 billion in education contributions since its inception.
In an announcement on Tuesday, the Lottery said the contributions to the state’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) have been amassed over 31 years.
The state's public schools have received more than $11.6 billion of that while college and universities received more than $8.4 billion combined.
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While another $6.2 billion has been used to fund the Bright Futures Scholarship Program, which has sent over 840,000 students to college since 1997.
“We are incredibly proud to reach this milestone in contributions to education in Florida,” said Florida Lottery Chief of Staff Samantha Ferrin. “The Florida Lottery has remained steadfast in its commitment to helping students achieve their dreams, and that begins with an exceptional education. Since January, under Governor DeSantis’ leadership, we have transferred more than $1.5 billion to education. As we look towards the future, we will continue to help equip Florida’s students and schools with the tools needed to succeed.”