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FLORIDA WINS WITH LOTTO MONTH PROMOTION

 FLORIDA WINS WITH LOTTO MONTH PROMOTION
 TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Florida Lottery's


special LOTTO prize promotion during December created fun for residents and visitors, and generated extra sales, Lottery Secretary Marcia Mann announced today.
 "LOTTO month helped make this our best December ever in terms of sales. This has also been the best second quarter on record," she said.
 During the month of December, special larger jackpots of $10 million, $20 million and $30 million were featured. LOTTO sales during the weeks of the four guaranteed jackpots totaled $82.4 million, an increase of more than $11 million above average.
 At least 38 cents of each $1 Lottery ticket goes to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund. The $11 million in extra LOTTO sales generated $4.2 million more than expected this month for the trust fund.
 The LOTTO month promotion continued for the weeks of Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28. The higher jackpots were guaranteed with unclaimed prize funds.
 "The promotion also allowed LOTTO players to benefit from unclaimed prize funds which had mainly been used in Instant games in the past," Mann said.
 "I'd like to thank all those who participated in LOTTO month. Look forward to additional exciting promotions in our lottery games in 1992," she said.
 Here are the weekly LOTTO sales figures for the four-week prize promotion in December compared with average sales estimates:
 Week Sales Avg. estimate Increase
 Dec. 7 $20.2 million $17.0 $3.24
 Dec. 14 15.0 million 12.5 2.47
 Dec. 21 20.2 million 17.0 3.2
 Dec. 28 26.7 million 24.6 2.1
 TOTAL $82.4 million $71.2 $11.1
 The promotion also generated an additional $5.5 million in prizes and $4.2 million to education.
 December and quarterly sales figures
 Dec. 1988 151,156,340 2nd quarter $405.9 million
 Dec. 1989 172,426,597 2nd quarter $512.5 million
 Dec. 1990 172,853,857 2nd quarter $516.4 million
 Dec. 1991 174,632,156(a) 2nd quarter $635.5 million
 (The second quarter of the fiscal year is October, November and December.)
 (a) 1991 figures include estimates for 12/31/91.
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 /CONTACT: Ed George of the Florida Lottery, 904-487-7727/ CO: Florida Lottery ST: Florida IN: SU:


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