Petrogram - Fall 2018 - 19

FEATURE

The Florida Lottery:

Building Brighter Futures

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ince its inception 30 years ago, the Florida Lottery
has remained steadfastly committed to its mission
of generating revenue to enhance education in
our state. Since 1988, the lottery has contributed
more than $33 billion to the state's Educational
Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF), including at least
$1 billion for each of the past 16 consecutive years. Successful
partnerships with valued retailers across the state have helped
the lottery play a pivotal role in the lives of countless Florida
families by making education a top priority.
The Florida Petroleum Marketers Association has been an invaluable partner, connecting the lottery with roughly half of its more
than 13,000 retailers. According to the Association for Convenience
and Fuel Retailing, 95 percent of customers purchasing lottery
tickets buy at least one additional item while inside the store. While
this creates an increased bottom line for everyone, the greatest
beneficiaries are Florida's students.
For Florida's economy to continue to prosper, we must offer
a highly skilled workforce filled with problem solvers, creative
thinkers, entrepreneurs and inspiring leaders. Created in 1997 and
funded primarily by the lottery, the Bright Futures Scholarship
Program has rewarded more than 775,000 students for their high
school academic achievements by providing funding for them to
pursue their post-secondary educational goals in Florida.
From the Panhandle to the Keys, the Bright Futures Scholarship
Program has had a lasting impact on countless students, many
of whom have been inspired to give back. Many recipients have
been inspired by service, a key component of the program, and
are now making a difference in the lives of the next generation.

Paying It Forward
Leon County teacher Jennifer Powell received the surprise of
her life last December, when she was recognized in front of her
students and fellow educators as Leon's Teacher of the Year. As a
Bright Futures Scholarship recipient, Jennifer credits the money
she saved on tuition for allowing her to pursue her master's and
specialist's degrees following her undergrad graduation.
The oldest of four siblings, Jennifer was proud to set a positive example for her younger brothers and sisters by encouraging them to work hard and apply themselves. Today, Jennifer is
responsible for dozens of students, but has found the values of
encouragement and hard work still apply. More than a decade

after graduating, Bright Futures has remained a key part of
Jennifer's life.
"I continuously stress the importance of Bright Futures
Scholarships to my students," she said. "Seeing a student who
otherwise would not have had the opportunity to achieve their
dream is extremely inspiring."

Opportunity Earned and Deserved
Wilnic Gideon was one of those students. A high school assistant
principal and community leader in the Palm Beach area, Gideon
remembers that getting there wasn't simple.
The son of a Haitian immigrant without a complete elementary
education, Wilnic's mother was forced to make difficult sacrifices
for her children's well-being. When considering college and his
post-graduate career, Wilnic knew financing his education would
be a costly challenge.
His hard work paid off in the form of a Bright Futures Scholarship,
allowing him the opportunity to attend Florida State University
and pursue his academic goals.
Thanks to the support of FPMA, we will continue to help generations of students achieve their dream of a higher education and
a brighter future for years to come.  ●
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Petrogram - Fall 2018

Chair’s Perspective
How Gas Stations and Convenience Stores Should Prepare in Advance of an Eminent Domain Taking
C-Stores See Competitive Edge in Higher-Quality Hot and Cold Food Offerings
Five Market Domination Strategies to Deploy for Even More Profits
The Florida Lottery: Building Brighter Futures
Calendar of Events
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Petrogram - Fall 2018 - Intro
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Petrogram - Fall 2018 - Chair’s Perspective
Petrogram - Fall 2018 - How Gas Stations and Convenience Stores Should Prepare in Advance of an Eminent Domain Taking
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Petrogram - Fall 2018 - C-Stores See Competitive Edge in Higher-Quality Hot and Cold Food Offerings
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Petrogram - Fall 2018 - Five Market Domination Strategies to Deploy for Even More Profits
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Petrogram - Fall 2018 - The Florida Lottery: Building Brighter Futures
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Petrogram - Fall 2018 - Calendar of Events
Petrogram - Fall 2018 - Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
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