Florida is number one in the country on a few different measures, some of them
not so awesome, but now you can add "Powerball tickets" to the list.
Fort Lauderdale's Sun Sentinel informs us
that the state ranks first in the union in Powerball ticket sales, and third in lottery ticket purchases overall. "We've led the nation since we added Powerball in 2009, both in winners and in sales," said Shelly Gerteisen of the Florida Lottery. In the most recent game of Powerball, the Sunshine State's residents have shelled out for over $80 million worth of tickets.
A portion of the revenue gleaned from Florida's lottery ticket sales goes to fund the state's K-12 schools, which in 2009 received $660 million from gambling proceeds. (Lotteries fund public education in many other states, too.) But as the Sentinel
's Michael Mayo notes in his column
amusingly entitled "Mayo on the Side," that amounted to just over 3% of the overall education budget for that year. "It's better than nothing," he writes, "but it's hardly a jackpot for our kids."
Via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel