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Florida Lottery reports record August sales, second year in a row

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For the second consecutive year, the Florida Lottery is reporting record sales, posting $467 million in revenue for August. This all-time high was an increase of 5.29 percent over last year’s August record. Lottery officials say the games generated an estimated $120 million in contributions to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF), driven “primarily by a series of rollovers and high jackpots for both POWERBALL and MEGA MILLIONS.” Lottery contributions make up approximately 6 percent of the state’s education budget.…

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Florida Lottery breaking ticket sales records

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The Florida Lottery set “an all-time record high” of $467 million in ticket sales for August, the agency announced. This comes after the agency reported having the best-ever July — the first month of the state’s fiscal year — for sales. In a Tuesday press release, the Lottery said the August figure also was roughly five percent higher than last August’s sales. The increases were attributed to “a series of rollovers and high jackpots for both Powerball and Mega Millions” games.…

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Martin Dyckman: Courts failed organizations that won redistricting fight

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If only the Florida Constitution included a provision like this: (1) Members of the Legislature who vote for measures subsequently held unconstitutional shall be liable jointly and severally for all attorney fees and costs as established by the court. (2) Failure to pay such liabilities within 60 days of final judgment shall constitute disqualification for re-election or election to another office. That is, to be sure, as far-fetched a dream as hitting the Powerball, if not more so. But it’s…

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Florida couple claims share of $1.6B Powerball jackpot

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After cashing in a winning Powerball ticket for $327.8 million, a Florida couple has modest goals for their first purchases: a new car and a massage. David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith of Melbourne Beach were introduced in a news conference Wednesday at Florida Lottery headquarters after turning in the second of three winning tickets from last month’s record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot. “It is scary and unknown. You think about what you want to do with the money (before actually…

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Kevin Cate: How Publix lost the power of Powerball

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The whole world watched and waited to learn the names of the winners of the $1.5-billion Powerball jackpot last month. Any news, and a lot of non-news speculation, was breaking news. Then we learned something. Publix in Melbourne Beach, Florida, sold one of the winning tickets. It was rewarded $100,000, but, it lost a lot more than that. While the media gobbled up the sliver of news, and millions of disappointed players moved on with their lives, Publix ignored the…

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Steve Schale predicts Democrats will pick up 2-3 state Senate seats this year

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If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me in the past two weeks what the new State Senate maps mean for the partisan balance of the state Senate, I wouldn’t need to play Powerball. There is no question the maps are good news for Democrats. But how much good news? Well, that’s the question I’m taking on with this piece. The reality is pretty simple: The Democrats will do as well as they recruit good candidates and…

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Who are the 3 winners of the $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot?

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If they’re wise, the three mystery winners of the world-record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot will talk seriously with experts in tax law, financial planning, privacy, security and other safeguards before they become known around the planet. The lucky trio did not immediately identify themselves, but they bought their tickets in the small working-class town of Munford, Tennessee; in the modest Los Angeles suburb of Chino Hills; and at a supermarket in affluent Melbourne Beach, on Florida’s Space Coast. They overcame…

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