Florida Liquor License Lottery

The Florida lottery will open on August 21, 2023 for 6 weeks, ending on October 4, 2023 at 5pm.

The drawing will take place in Spring 2024, you will be notified if you are selected as a winner. We are a Florida Liquor License Brokerage helping you purchase, sell or refinance your existing or newly acquired liquor licenses.

We have opened our Liquor Lottery Wizard early so you can prepare your entries immediately. Just remember not to postmark them until August 21, 2023.

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2023 Florida Liquor License Lottery Entry Period

The Florida liquor license lottery window is set to open on August 21, 2023, and will last for 6 weeks, culminating on October 4, 2023, at 5 P.M. (EST).

Anticipated to occur in Spring 2024, the drawing will identify the lucky winners, and we will send notifications to those selected. As a Florida Liquor License Brokerage, we assist in buying, selling, or refinancing existing and newly acquired liquor licenses.

We've made our Liquor Lottery Wizard available so you can get your entries ready without delay. However, please ensure they are not submitted before August 21, 2023.

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2023 Florida Liquor License Lottery Entry Period

This week, the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco announced the commencement of the acceptance period for Quota Beverage License Drawing Entry Forms. Spanning 45 days, the Florida Liquor License Lottery Entry Period begins on August 21, 2023, and will remain open until October 4, 2023, at 5:00 P.M. (EST). This announcement has stirred excitement among Florida's residents, who now have the opportunity to acquire the necessary license to operate an alcoholic beverage retail establishment or even resell the license to interested purchasers. It's a grand chance for those looking to participate in the process and vie for a license in any available county.

The acquisition of a license is strictly limited to winning the lottery or purchasing one from an existing holder. With a finite number of licenses and fluctuating supply and demand based on County, there lies immense profit potential for winners aiming to transfer or resell their licenses in the private market.

However, victory in the lottery does not guarantee immediate possession of the license. Additional requirements, such as thorough background checks and fees, must be fulfilled. If your name is drawn and you clear the background check, the initial activation fee for a new 4COP/3PS Quota Liquor License is $10,750.00, more often referred to as the Hughes Act Fee (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), and the yearly renewal fee for the respective series chosen. A 4COP Quota Liquor License renewal fee is $1,820.00, whereas a 3PS Quota Liquor License, permitting package sales only, is renewed at $1,365.00 yearly. Upgrading or downgrading between these licenses is possible, though transferring the ownership before 36 months will incur a $27,300.00 fee.

Quota licenses differ from other license types in Florida, as they are exempt from restrictions related to food sales percentages, square footage, and serving requirements within the County. Unlike other licenses that only permit on-premise consumption, quota licenses also allow package sales. The Quota license stands as the premier series available in the state.

Prospective applicants can join the lottery process by submitting their entries at $100 per application for each County. There are no restrictions on applying for multiple counties, and doing so may enhance winning chances. However, only one application per County, per person will be accepted. An individual may not submit multiple entries in the same County.

Launching on the third Monday of August, the 2023 Florida Liquor License Lottery's entry period kicks off on August 21 and concludes 44 days later on October 4, 2023, at 5:00 P.M. (EST). It is crucial that entries are submitted promptly and within the designated timeframe to be eligible for the drawing. Completed applications, along with checks or money orders payable to:

Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco
Attn: Liquor License Lottery
2601 Blair Stone Rd
Tallahassee, FL 32399

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