ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Florida Lottery Secretary John Davis invited business leaders to share his office’s vision of a bright future for Florida’s education and workforce during the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Learners to Earners Workforce Summit at the Wyndham Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek Tuesday.
“At the Lottery, our mission is simple: to be able to maximize revenues for the enhancement of education througout this state,” Davis shared with the dozens of business leaders, educators and administrators in the room. “Additionally, we look for ways to partner with a wide range of diverse organizations that share the Lottery’s commitment to education.”
Davis, the state’s tenth Florida Lottery Secretary, spoke to the familiar faces in the room from his previous business chamber experience. He was previously the EVP of the Orlando Regional Chamber and president of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida.
His goal Tuesday: to spark even more interest and be able to promote the development and advancement of Florida students. And he did–by sharing some eye-opening facts about the Florida Lottery.
Florida Lottery Facts
The Florida Lottery generates $6.1 million every single day.
For the first time ever, the lottery reached more than $2 billion in transfers to the state’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund this fiscal year.
The lottery has generated more than $39 billion to the state’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund since the lottery’s inception in 1988.
More than 99 percent of the lottery’s revenue is reinvested into the state’s economy.
Sec. Davis also shared his personal experience. While the Bright Futures scholarship didn’t exist during his transition from high school to college, he received a full ride scholarship to play football at Florida State University, giving him a firsthand appreciation for the major difference a scholarship can make in a student’s (and family’s) life.
Sec. Davis noted that the Florida Lottery has helped 900,000 students attend college to date. “We have the power as business executives, to shape the future of Florida’s teachers, doctors, engineers and entrepreneurs.”
He closed by encouraging everyone to visit flalottery.com to find out ways to support the Florida Lottery in its quest to continue funding the state’s educational programs.
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