There will not be warnings on lottery tickets in Florida. On Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed the printing of warnings on Florida Lottery tickets.
The bill (HB 629) which was earlier approved by the lawmakers called for printing of a warning on lottery tickets in Florida. According to the bill, lottery tickets would have an explicitly printed warning: “Warning: Lottery games may be addictive,” or “Play Responsibly.”
Gov. De Santis said that his decision to veto is motivated by the fact that such warnings would negatively impact the revenue from the lottery and which in turn would dampen funds for social purposes.
“As governor, one of my key priorities is making higher education affordable for Florida families,” DeSantis wrote in an official letter following his veto on the bill.
“This bill reduces the Lottery’s ability to continue to maximize revenues for education and negatively impacts Florida students.”
“The regulations imposed by the bill would impact the Lottery’s ability to continue to take advantage of all these avenues and have the potential to impact the revenues available for educational enhancement,” DeSantis wrote in the letter.
The lottery bill was sponsored by Rep. Will Robinson, R-Bradenton.
Gambling and casino games are illegal in Florida and the state makes significant revenue from Lottery sales.