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Florida State Lotteries Laws

Most states have lotteries, which are games of chance that award cash prizes. The primary stated reason for creating a state lottery is to raise revenue, usually with a stated benefactor (such as schools, community improvement, etc.). Florida state lottery laws regulate how the revenue is to be distributed, whether lottery prizes may be garnished (delinquent taxes, child support payments, etc.), time limits to claim prizes, and other factors.

The main provisions of Florida state lottery laws are listed in the table below.

Code Section 24.101, et seq.
Distribution of Lottery Revenue 50% payment of prizes; 39% Educational Enhancement Trust Fund; remaining revenue to pay administrative expenses of lottery department
Additional Purpose of Lottery To support improvements in public education and not as a substitute for educational funds
Lottery Prize Subject to Garnishment On prizes over $600; offset by outstanding obligation to any state agency or owing child support through a court
Time Limit to Claim Prize/Disposition 180 days/added to "pool from which future prizes are awarded or for special prize promotions"
Prohibited Related Activities Unlawful assignment/transfer; unauthorized sale as retailer; sale to minor; counterfeited/altered ticket; at greater price; extension offered to purchase ticket

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Florida gaming law attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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