TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott has made a big push to increase funding for schools in the coming year.
But Scott — who has warned about balancing the state budget by relying on more gambling — is counting on a jump in ticket sales of the Florida Lottery to help accomplish his goals.
Lottery ticket sales are already expected to rise next year, but the governor wants them to grow even more.
Scott has recommended to state lawmakers that they increase the number of retailers selling games like Powerball and boost the amount of instant ticket vending machines that allow people to buy scratch-off tickets without having to wait in line.
The governor is also backing a push by the Florida Lottery to change state law to allow the installation of so-called full-service machines that sell both scratch-off tickets and online games such as Powerball and Lotto. Currently customers have to buy those tickets from a cashier.
The expected boost in ticket sales is expected to help increase money available to education by more than 17 percent, or a nearly $241 million jump over what was in this year's budget.