The Florida announced last week that Scratch-Off ticket sales for the newest $5 Scratch-Off game, Wheel of Fortune, exceeded $6.1 million in its first week, setting a record for the highest first week of sales by any game at that price point.
The game also set a record for having the highest single week sales ever for a $5 game, with $7.6 million in sales in its second week, eclipsing the previous record set by $500,000 Gold Rush in 2015 by 10 percent.
"Every new game the Florida Lottery releases is done with our players in mind, and based on these tremendous sales figures, I think we nailed it with this Wheel of Fortune Scratch-Off game," said Florida Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie. "When we release a game as successful as Wheel of Fortune, it's not only a win for the Lottery, but more importantly, it's a win for education."
The Scratch-Off sales have resulted in more than $2.59 million being generated for the benefit of Florida students and schools. Six million more Wheel of Fortune Scratch-Off tickets have been ordered after just two weeks of sales, which will bring the total contributions to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund to $16.65 million once the game is sold out.
The new $5 Wheel of Fortune Scratch-Off game launched on April 5 and features eight top prizes of $250,000 and more than $42 million in total cash prizes. Players can also enter non-winning tickets into the Wheel of Fortune Big Money Second Chance Promotion for the chance to play an exclusive, non-broadcast Wheel of Fortune game in Hollywood, CA.
Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, comprising approximately 67 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $632 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2014-15.