Floridians finding money to gamble

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WFLX) - - (WFLX) - Despite hard economic times Floridians are still finding money to gamble. The Florida Lottery saw an increase in sales for the first time since 2007. Four billion dollars worth of tickets were sold last year.

Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell says the increase in sales means more cash for schools. "This good news is to all the children in Florida for public education," O'Connell said. "We're actually transferring $1.12 billion to Education Enhancement Trust fund. That's good news and that's why we're all here at the lottery."

The Florida Lottery hopes to continue the lucky streak by focusing on marketing and promotions.

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