Florida Lottery Tickets Soon May Carry A Warning Label

Mar 29, 2017
Originally published on March 29, 2017 8:06 am

Florida lottery tickets could soon carry a big warning label if a Republican legislator gets her way.

A House panel on Tuesday voted for a bill that would require all lottery tickets to say "Warning: Gambling can be addictive."

Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, a Mount Dora Republican who is sponsoring the bill, said lottery tickets are a government-sanctioned activity and should come with the same kind of warnings found on cigarettes.

The Florida Lottery sells a wide lineup of tickets ranging in price from $1 to $25 at more than 13,000 locations across the state. If the bill becomes law, it would take effect in January.

It's not clear if the bill will pass. A companion measure has not yet been heard in the Florida Senate.