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DailyFinance: The 10 States That Pay Out the Biggest Lottery Jackpots

3. Florida

Largest Single Jackpot: $189 million (2009)
Prizes Paid: $2.4 billion
Ticket Sales: $3.93 billion
State Profit From Sales: $1.28 billion
Government Use: Education trust fund

Florida's lottery benefits the state education trust fund, to which $20 billion has gone since system began operating in 1987. At the moment, lottery income represents about 5 percent of the state education budget. Florida joined the Multi-State Lottery Association in 2009. Because of its late entry into the MUSL, Florida hasn't had a winner whose jackpot was on the scale of some of the others. However, in October, just nine months after joining MUSL, a Florida resident hit the Powerball jackpot and won $189 million. The MUSL now has 33 members (including Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands).

(AP Photo/J. Pat Carter,file)

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