Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell honored Winn-Dixie with the first Lottery Partners in Education Award during an Oct. 10 Governor’s Cabinet meeting.
Officials from Winn-Dixie Stores and Lottery independent retailer, Stellar Partners, Inc., representing Miami Mercado, were honored for sales achievements and commitment to the Lottery’s education mission.
“We are proud and honored to be one of the first recipients of this award highlighting the efforts of many in the mission to enhance educational programs and resources,” said Mark Cooney, Winn-Dixie Senior Manager of Front End Services and Operations. “Education is an important cause in our company’s mission, and it is our pleasure to partner with the Florida Lottery to offer these tickets to our customers. It felt gratifying to me that the governor would take time out of his cabinet meeting to honor the company.”
Winn-Dixie stores offer all types of lottery tickets, including online games such as Powerball, Mega Millions and Florida Lotto, as well as scratch-off game cards such as 100x the Cash, Gridiron Cash and Monopoly Millionaire.
To date, Lottery ticket sales at Florida Winn-Dixie stores have amounted to more than $1 billion, generating more than $583 million to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund. The Florida Legislature later allocates Educational Enhancement Trust Fund monies to Bright Futures scholarships, books, technology for schools, or bonds for school construction.
“We are very grateful for the dedication and commitment each of our more than 13,000 Lottery retailers has toward promoting our products and growing sales to benefit education in Florida,” said Secretary O’Connell. “I am honored to join Governor Scott in recognizing these two Lottery retailers who have distinguished themselves as leaders among their peers.”
The Partners in Education Award will be given out on a quarterly basis, and will recognize one corporate and one independent Lottery retailer for their sales achievement and commitment to the Lottery’s education mission. In fiscal year 2013, the Lottery increased sales by $550 million, reaching a record-breaking $5 billion and generating a record $1.41 billion in education transfers.