Florida Lottery breaks Scratch-Off sales record

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Lottery says Scratch-Off ticket sales have set a new record.

The Florida Lottery announced Monday that sales for the week ending Feb. 17 exceeded $64.7 million. That breaks last week's record of $63 million, making it the highest single-week Scratch-Off ticket sales ever achieved in the Lottery's quarter-century existence.

Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell says in a statement she's "thrilled to see players' overwhelming response" the games. Their mission is to "maximize revenue for education and record high sales ensure that Florida's education system continues to receive these benefits."

The Florida Lottery offers about 60 Scratch-Off games at any given time through vending machines or counter displays at more than 13,000 retailers statewide. Scratch-Off games make up almost 60 percent of ticket sales.

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