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Florida Lotto reaches its largest jackpot in 12 years

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The jackpot in this weekend's Florida Lotto game is reaching its highest level in 12 years.

Lottery officials reported Friday that the jackpot for the Saturday drawing had reached $54 million. That's the highest total since September 2001.

The jackpot has reached that total because no one has been able to match all six numbers since the April 24 drawing.

Florida Lotto is the state's flagship lottery game that has been around since 1988. But it has been eclipsed in popularity in recent years by multi-state games such as Powerball.

Jackpot prizes are paid in 30 annual installments or as a one-time, lump-sum payment. Jackpot winners have 60 days after the draw to select the lump-sum payment option. Winners must claim their prizes within 180 days from the applicable drawing.

Saturday's drawing will take place at 11:00 pm Eastern Time. The results will be published on Lottery Post's Florida Lottery Results page soon after the drawing.

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Posted: August 17, 2013, 7:53 am - IP Logged

Already got my tiks

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    Posted: August 17, 2013, 8:33 am - IP Logged

    Got my personal and my pools ticket.

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      Posted: August 17, 2013, 9:19 am - IP Logged

      After all the monster jackpots we've had lately,..........$54mil. cash is great, annuity...not a big deal anymore. I will still gladly take either one regardless. A win is a win.

      Seekand ye shall find -Matt. 7:7 ...Ask and ye shall receive -John 16:24 ...Give and it shall be given unto you -Luke 6:38 ...Be careful what you ask for!!! -Mypiemaster 1:1

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        Posted: August 17, 2013, 10:22 am - IP Logged

        In the beginning of the Florida Lottery this would have been a big deal. Over $50mil created much more buzz and when it got to over $100mil on rare occasion it was all over the news.

        The odds are much better with Florida Lotto at approximately 23mil to 1 vs. Powerball or MegaMillions at 175mil to 1...

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          Posted: August 17, 2013, 11:04 am - IP Logged

          Back in the nineties when only a few states had their own lotteries and Florida lottery jackpots got this large I remember reading about people flying there to buy thousands of tickets for resale in their own states for a dollar or two extra.  It didn't take long before other states with large populations started their own lottery.

          * you don't need more tickets, just the right ticket * 
          * your best chance to win a lottery jackpot is to buy a ticket * 
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            Posted: August 17, 2013, 12:43 pm - IP Logged

            Hmm.........how far is Florida from Oklahoma Big Grin lol.... Good luck to all the Florida LP playersThumbs Up

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              Posted: August 17, 2013, 2:14 pm - IP Logged

              After all the monster jackpots we've had lately,..........$54mil. cash is great, annuity...not a big deal anymore. I will still gladly take either one regardless. A win is a win.

              maybe its time the lottery start advertising the cash value rather than annuity............winners seem to always take the cash. when was the last time somebody won a major jackpot and took the annuity.

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                Posted: August 17, 2013, 3:22 pm - IP Logged

                After all the monster jackpots we've had lately,..........$54mil. cash is great, annuity...not a big deal anymore. I will still gladly take either one regardless. A win is a win.

                I Agree!

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                  Posted: August 17, 2013, 3:37 pm - IP Logged

                  maybe its time the lottery start advertising the cash value rather than annuity............winners seem to always take the cash. when was the last time somebody won a major jackpot and took the annuity.

                  I would like to see the cash amounts advertised with an option of three annuities, 10, 20 or 30 years.

                  * you don't need more tickets, just the right ticket * 
                  * your best chance to win a lottery jackpot is to buy a ticket * 
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                    Posted: August 17, 2013, 3:41 pm - IP Logged

                    Hmm.........how far is Florida from Oklahoma Big Grin lol.... Good luck to all the Florida LP playersThumbs Up

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                      Posted: August 17, 2013, 3:54 pm - IP Logged

                      I would like to see the cash amounts advertised with an option of three annuities, 10, 20 or 30 years.

                      Good idea, but I don't think truth in advertising applies to lotteries.

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                        Posted: August 17, 2013, 5:54 pm - IP Logged

                        just a plane ride away Yes Nod

                        I Agree! Bring extra cash with you.

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                          Posted: August 17, 2013, 6:00 pm - IP Logged

                          Good idea, but I don't think truth in advertising applies to lotteries.

                          Only when pigs fly. Come to think of it, I saw a pig, last week, on the plane. Maybe it was just a piglet.

                          Seekand ye shall find -Matt. 7:7 ...Ask and ye shall receive -John 16:24 ...Give and it shall be given unto you -Luke 6:38 ...Be careful what you ask for!!! -Mypiemaster 1:1

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                            Posted: August 17, 2013, 6:49 pm - IP Logged

                            Good idea, but I don't think truth in advertising applies to lotteries.

                            When state lotteries first started they were only annuities and than a few years ago states started offering cash options.  As one time only one persons could claim their prizes which made it harder for lottery pools to spread the tax burden fairly and that changed and I wouldn't be surprised if how lottery jackpots are advertised doesn't change some day too.

                            * you don't need more tickets, just the right ticket * 
                            * your best chance to win a lottery jackpot is to buy a ticket * 
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