Florida increases lottery ticket cost to $2, up from $1

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A Florida Lotto ticket now costs $2, up from $1, as the game was rebranded to include increased non-jackpot cash prizes.

“While Florida Lotto is an established brand with a loyal player base, the game has had very few changes over its 30-plus year history,” Florida Lottery spokeswoman Keri Nucatola said in an email Wednesday. “We felt the game was in need of a refresh to give players new and more ways to win, bigger prizes and better odds.”

Since being launched in 1988, Lotto has generated more than $8 billion for education. Along with increasing non-jackpot prizes, the changes include offering free ticket prizes for matching two of six numbers, according to a news release from the lottery.

Also, players can pay an extra $1 to use the same numbers for a chance to win up to $250,000 through a second drawing, held immediately after the Lotto drawing.

The increased price, which went into effect last week, brings the cost of a Lotto ticket in line with the $2 tickets for multi-state games such as Powerball and Mega Millions.