Fla. Gov. Wants More Ticket Sales to Help Schools

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to increase ticket sales of the Florida Lottery to boost money for schools.

Scott has refused to take a firm position on whether to bring three mega-casinos to South Florida. But he has repeatedly said he doesn’t want to balance the state budget by relying on more gambling.

Yet Scott recommended to state lawmakers that they grow ticket sales to help pay for a $1 billion increase for education.

Scott wants to increase ticket vending machines and he wants to change state law to allow the Florida Lottery to install so-called full service machines that sell both scratch-off tickets and online games such as Powerball.

A legislator who favors casinos says she wants to crack down on lottery ticket sales.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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