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WHAT IS FLORIDA LOTTO?
Florida Lotto is one of the many games offered by Florida Lottery. This is a government-sanctioned lottery organisation run out of the state of Florida in the United States. It offers players a choice of online traditional lotteries and scratch-off games with a number of different options to win cash prizes.
The good news is you can now play Florida Lotto in South Africa through a licensed online betting service. Better news is any prize money you win betting on the Florida Lotto is not taxed in South Africa. Citizens of the United States pay federal and state tax on US lottery payouts.
Launched in 2012, Florida Lottery was created to provide the people of Florida with a chance to earn additional income and at the same time generate much-needed revenue to support charitable causes.
Florida Lottery has a special focus on supporting public education in the state and partners with education associates, using funds to build new schools in Florida, improve teaching skills and facilities and provide scholarships to students to further their education.
France Lotto is a 6/53 fixed-odds betting game and all 6 numbers must match with the drawn numbers to win the France Lotto jackpot. There are different ways to earn cash prizes betting on France Lotto as the game has four prize divisions.
The XTRA multiplier offers players a chance to double any non-jackpot payouts. The XTRA numbers are selected from 2 to 5 and the multiplier number is drawn just before the main France Lotto draw.
What Florida Lottery does for education in the state
Since Florida was awarded its own lottery license in 1988, a few billion US dollars from ticket sales have been donated to support education in the state. Florida Lottery’s mission is to maximise revenue for the enhancement of public education in Florida.
Through contributions made by Florida Lottery, more than 840 000 students have attended college on a Bright Futures Scholarship.
Like many national lotteries around the world, the games are not only fun to play and offer players a chance to win extra cash for their own needs, the lotteries also do an enormous amount of good for charitable causes in the communities.
It is possible to bet on the Florida Lotto in South Africa. Register and open an account with a reputable online betting service such as Betway. You can buy tickets online for the Florida Lotto in South Africa from the comfort of your own home or office.
Florida Lotto is a twice-weekly fixed-odds betting game that is hugely popular in the state of Florida and it can now be played in South Africa through a licensed online betting service such as Betway. You cannot buy a ticket for the Florida Lotto from a South African lottery retail outlet. You can only bet on the lottery game online.
The easiest way to access Florida Lotto in South Africa is downloading a betting app such as the Betway Mobile App. It’s user-friendly, easy to access and developed specifically for Smartphones.
The betting mobile app gives you up-to-date notifications about draws and the latest gaming promotions.
Step-by-step guide to betting on Florida Lotto in South Africa
Pick up a betslip from any authorised lottery store or bet online through a licensed online betting service.
Select 6 numbers from a pool of numbers from 1 to 53.
You can fill in your betslip manually or use the Quick Pick option. With Quick Pick, the lottery terminal generates 6 random numbers for you to save you the hassle of coming up with your own unique lottery numbers.
Select EZmatch in a panel for US$ 1 extra for a chance to win instant cash. Remember, Florida Lotto tickets with EZmatch cannot be cancelled.
Select XTRA for an extra US$ 1 per line to multiply any non-jackpot cash prize you win. Florida Lotto with XTRA tickets will display XTRA YES. Select the number of draws you’d like to play with the same line of numbers using Advance Play.
Mark JACKPOT COMBO to play at the same time the US$ 2 Powerball, US$ 2 Florida Lotto with XTRA and a US$ 2 MegaMillions Quick Pick ticket for the next draw date. Pay for your betslip and receive a ticket printed with your numbers, draw date(s) and the total cost of the lottery ticket.
For each panel that you select EZmatch, you will receive a separate ticket with your Florida Lotto and EZmatch numbers. Check your ticket(s) carefully before you leave the lottery store or details online. You are responsible for the accuracy of your ticket(s).
Florida Lotto is paid out in 30 annual instalments (annuity payments). You do have the option of taking a reduced cash lump sum. Depending on the size of the cash winnings, players may claim their money from a lottery retail store or the Florida Lottery office.
Players must be 18 years and older to play and win Florida Lotto in the state of Florida. The relevant age restrictions applications apply if you use an online betting service to play Florida Lotto.
In South Africa, players must be 18 years and older to bet on any lottery and claim cash prizes.
The minimum guaranteed (starting) jackpot for Florida Lotto is US$ 2 million. If there is not winner, the Florida Lotto payout rolls over to the next draw and keeps rolling over until a lucky player matches all 6 drawn numbers.
Florida Lotto has produced more than 1 000 jackpot winners.
EZmatch is an add-on to the Florida Lotto and offers players the chance to win instant cash. EZmatch costs US$ 1 extra to buy.
When a player adds EZmatch to their Florida Lotto betslip, 6 EZmatch numbers and instant prize amounts are printed on the ticket. If any of the EZmatch numbers match a number drawn in the Florida Lotto draw, the player instantly wins the cash prize amount shown on the ticket.
Players can win up to 6 times the amount of the original cash prize with EZmatch on a single ticket if all 6 numbers drawn match their chosen numbers.
To play EZmatch, tick or select the EZmatch box on your betslip or ask the lottery store cashier to add EZmatch to your ticket purchase.
Cash prizes less than US$ 600 can be claimed at any lottery retail store in Florida. Cash prizes bigger than that must be claimed directly from the Florida Lottery office. The EZmatch prizes may also be claimed by mail.
If an EZmatch prize is paid by a retailer before the applicable Florida Lotto drawing on the ticket has occurred, a continuation ticket will be provided to the player for the Florida Lotto drawing.
Players must claim their instant EZmatch cash prizes within 180 days of the draw. The EZmatch pool automatically replenishes when all EZmatch top prizes have been won. This means that players always have a chance to instantly win the top prize because one is always available.
If you purchase Advance Play for multiple Florida Lotto draws and select EZmatch, you receive one ticket listing your Florida Lotto numbers and your EZmatch numbers for the number of draws you want to play.
If you claim an EZmatch prize on a Florida Lotto ticket before any or all FLORIDA Lotto drawings on the ticket have occurred, you are issued a continuation ticket for drawings with the same play numbers as the original ticket. The EZmatch numbers are not be printed on the continuation ticket.
XTRA is unique to Florida Lotto and is a special feature that allows players to multiply any non-jackpot cash prize they win. XTRA multiplies the winnings by two, three, four and five times the original prize amount.
The cost to play XTRA is an additional US$ 1 per play. A Florida Lotto with XTRA ticket costs US$ 2 to play.
To include the multiplier in your Florida Lotto bet, mark the XTRA box on the left side of the Florida Lotto betslip. If you are betting online, select the XTRA option.
The words XTRA YES are printed on all Florida Lotto with XTRA tickets. XTRA will apply to all panels, Advance Play and Quick Pick options if you’ve selected them.
Your bet is multiplied based on the XTRA number drawn from 2 to 5. The multiplier number is drawn at random using a ball machine and is drawn just before the main Florida Lotto draw. It is revealed onscreen during the main draw as an animated drawing.
A player who matches 2 winning numbers, wins a free Florida Lotto with XTRA Quick Pick ticket for the next available draw.
Unlike EZmatch, Florida Lotto with XTRA tickets may be cancelled by the original selling terminal. However, tickets must be cancelled within 2 hours of the ticket purchase, the close of the sales day or the end of the gaming system business day (whichever occurs first). Florida Lotto with XTRA tickets that are generated as a free ticket prize cannot be cancelled.
Florida Lotto is drawn twice a week on Wednesday and Friday at 23h15 Eastern time.
Tickets may be purchased up to an hour and a quarter before the draw. The cut-off time for Florida Lotto ticket purchases is 22h40 Eastern time. Tickets purchased after the cut-off time go into the next draw. Bear in mind, the United States has 9 different time zones and the country observes Daylight Saving Time (DST). The official cut-off time to bet on USA Powerball is one hour before the draw (22h00 EDT).
South Africa doesn’t observe DST. The time of the next draw will be advertised on the website of any licensed betting service you use to purchase Florida Lotto tickets.
WHAT IS FLORIDA LOTTO?
Florida Lotto is a lottery brand that falls under the Florida Lottery which was first granted a license to sell lottery tickets in 1986. The first Florida lottery ticket went on sale in 1988 and was a US$ 1 Scratch-off Millionaire.
When Florida Lottery launched its first game, the $1 Scratch-off Millionaire, ticket sales exceed US$ 95 million. This set a lottery record in the United States. In fact, Millionaire was so successful in the first three weeks that Florida Lottery was able to repay the original startup money that they borrowed from the state’s General Revenue Fund.
The purpose of Florida Lottery is to support and contribute to public education in the state of Florida. Since the first ticket was sold in 1988, Florida Lottery has donated a substantial amount of money to worthy causes that improve education facilities and support teachers and learners in the state.
The first draw games launched in Florida were Florida Lotto and Cash 3. They were launched together in April 1988 and by August, Florida Lotto had produced an estimated US$ 52 million jackpot. At the time, it was another state and world record. Other popular games followed in their wake. This included Fantasy 5 and Play 5 in 1991, and MegaMoney in 1998.
Florida Lottery announced in July 2008 that it would join the Multi-state Lottery Association (MUSL) and it launched Powerball in early 2009. MegaMillions followed and was launched in Florida in 2013. And many more draw games and scratch-off games were added to the list of brands offered by Florida Lottery.
You’ll also find many Scratch-off games that have been introduced through the years by Florida Lottery. They offer players a variety of instant prizes that range from free lottery tickets and merchandise to instant cash prizes up to $10 million.
Florida Lottery is an industry leader and has made a significant contribution to the state by ensuring crucial education projects are funded and the people of Florida benefit from the spoils of the lottery. Thousands of scholars have gone through Florida’s Bright Futures Scholarship Programme or have received financial aid to study further.
Universities and community colleges in Florida have benefited from more than US$ 6 billion that comes directly from Florida Lottery. Schools have been improved and funded through the School Recognition and Merit Programme that has helped build and renovate over 800 schools. This is through the Classrooms First and Classrooms for Kids programme.
In total, it’s estimated schools in Florida and students in the state have received more than US$ 36 billion in lottery profits, which includes more than US$ 5 billion in scholarships.
Over the years, France Lottery has helped Florida communities with lottery dollars through the patronage of its players, the dedication of its retailers and employees and state-of-the-art gaming technology. Florida Lotto is one of the more popular games and when you bet on the lottery, you know that you are making a contribution to public education in the state.
Take your pick! Florida Lottery offers many different draw games and Scratch-off games, offering players multiple ways to win big cash prizes.
Let’s look at the most popular draw games and what odds they offer players.
|Game||Odds of winning||Prize winning estimate
|Florida Lotto||1 in 22 million|
Match 6 numbers
|Jackpot (starts at US$ 2 million)
|US Powerball||1 in 292 million|
Match 6 numbers
|Jackpot (starts at US$ 40 million)
|Mega Millions||1 in 302.5 million|
Match 6 numbers
|Jackpot (starts at US$ 40 million)
|Cash4Life||1 in 21.8 million|
Match 6 numbers
|Win $1 000 a Day for Life top prize|
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Florida Lotto is a popular draw game in the Florida Lottery stable. It’s a twice-weekly draw and offers players multiple opportunities to win cash prizes.
The minimum advertised (starting) jackpot for Florida Lotto is set at US$ 2 million and increases by at least US$ 500 000 each time it rolls over to the next draw if there is no lucky winner. There is no jackpot cap on Florida Lotto.
There are two draws a week which means that the bonanza payout gets big very quickly when it keeps rolling over. It regularly tops US$ 20 million and has reached far higher levels.
You stand the chance of winning a cash prize on Florida Lotto because there are 3 prize tiers in addition to the jackpot. The value of the cash prize for each prize tier depends on ticket sales and how many winners a player has to share the prize money with on the day.
Add-on features include EZmatch which offers players the chance to win instant cash, and XTRA which is a multiplier feature that offers players the chance to multiply their winnings from 2 up to 5 times the original value.
More importantly, the people of Florida appreciate the important role the lottery organisation plays in supporting and funding public education in the state. Thousands of students have studied or furthered their studies through scholarship programmes funded by Florida Lotteries and a few hundred schools have benefitted from infrastructural upgrades and improvements.
Here are 10 common lottery myths:
The odds of winning any cash prize betting on Florida Lotto are 1 in 67.36.
|Numbers matched||Odds of winning||Prize winning estimate
|Match 6||1 in 22 957 480||Jackpot (starts at US$ 2 million)
|Match 5||1 in 81 409||US$ 5 000
|Match 4||1 in 1 415||US$ 70
|Match 3||1 in 71||US$ 5
Florida Lotto is not a scam and is a legal lottery offered by Florida Lottery that operates in the United States. The organisation is regulated by the federal state and you can play Florida Lotto with the confidence that the big jackpot payout and cash winnings from the prize tiers are guaranteed.
On a general note, don’t be taken by any of lottery scam that promises you unexpected prize money for a competition or lottery that you have never entered.
Operators of state lotteries such as Florida Lotteries will never contact you directly to notify you of a prize you have won. If you receive a message or phone call telling you that you’ve won a prize, it is a scam. Never give out your personal and identity details if requested and never pay a fee to receive a so-called cash prize.
How lottery scams work
Someone contacts you either by email, text message or phone to say you have won a lot of money on a competition using your name and details from something like a promotion or research survey. You are requested to pay a fee to claim your prize which is to cover the cost of transferring the money to your account.
You’re also asked to provide your banking details where the money should be paid out. The email or text is always ‘urgent’ and you’re told to respond quickly or risk losing out on the prize money.
The scammers make money from the ‘fee’ you pay them or they use your banking details to take wipe out your bank account.
People do fall for these lottery scams because the scammers are masters at what they do. They usually have obtained your personal information which makes it sound like a legitimate deal. Sometimes, the scammers even send you money as ‘part of your winnings’. This cheque will bounce but often only after you have given them more information and money they ask for.
Warning signs of a lottery scam
You receive correspondence via email, text or phone to say you’ve won a guaranteed prize in a lottery or competition but you never bought a ticket or entered the competition.
The scammer claims you are a winner using personal email and social media information that makes it look genuine.
To claim your prize, the scammers ask you to buy pay a fee or tax on the prize money.
You’re asked to provide personal details such as your ID and contact details such as a postal address as well as banking details for the electronic transfer.
What to do if you are approached by a lottery scammer
Ignore anything that is suspicious. Do not even reply to a message saying you’ve won a large cash prize or even something like a fancy holiday, electronic goods or gifts.
Never pay a fee to win a prize. Ithuba National Lottery does not charge a fee for any prize-winning transaction and the only way they can access your banking details is from the authorised Prize Claim Form that you are required to complete.
Don’t trust anyone who asks you to send them money or give your credit card, banking details or copies of personal information in exchange for prize money.
Florida Lottery is a leader in the lottery industry in the United States and Florida Lotto is one of its most popular draw games. It’s easy to play and there are many different ways to win cash prizes. This includes using Advance Play to participate in multiple draws so you are always ‘in it to win it’; the add-on feature EZmatch which offers players the chance to win instant cash; and XTRA which is a multiplier feature.
Apart from being fun to play and the fact that Florida Lotto has made thousands of players multi-million dollar winners, what stands out about Florida Lottery is how much of a difference the organisation has made to the state’s public education system.
Thousands of scholars have furthered their education through scholarships funded by the lottery organisation and hundreds of schools have been built and refurbished with funds generated from lottery sales. When you buy your next Florida Lotto ticket and dream of buying your dream car or going on your dream holiday; remember, the $1 dollar you pay for a line is helping to make someone else’s dream come true.