TAMPA -- The Sunshine State may as well be called the License Plate State, for the 123 different options when it comes to specialty tags – with more likely on the way this year.

That extra $20 to $30 you spend each year for that piece of pride generally helps the cause you’re cheerleading – nature, universities, and nonprofits – but the money doesn’t always go where you might expect.

The top-selling plate in the state, the University of Florida, goes to help fund educational programs at the school. And the second-most-popular plate, sea turtles, helps fund the turtle programs through the Marine Resources Conservation Trust Fund through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. And the state’s No. 3 plate, FSU, also funds programs at the university.

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However, you probably didn’t know the No. 4 plate in the state, Endless Summer, puts most of its money not toward beach preservation, but instead goes to the Surfing Evolution & Preservation Foundation, which is trying to build a new surfing "experience" museum in Cocoa Beach.

10Investigates also exposed in 2012 how the “In God We Trust” plate wasn’t helping out the families of fallen first-responders and members of the military, as it had promised to. After the series aired, the state forced the executives behind the plate to turn the non-profit over to new directors.

Sports teams are also very popular, from the Miami Heat (10th in state) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13th) to the Florida Panthers (91st). But those funds don’t go to the teams directly; they go to state funds that help pay for pro stadiums, gold and fishing interests, as well as amateur sporting events.

Florida lawmakers are also currently discussing new plates for the Orlando City Soccer Club, the Florida Caribbean Charitable Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, and even a Ronald Reagan specialty plate. New tags have two years to reach 1,000 plates sold annually, or else the state revokes the design for lack of interest. Colleges are the only exception to the minimum rule.

Some legislators are also pushing for the University of Central Florida tag to read “National Champions” in honor of the team’s undefeated 2017 football season, which resulted in a No. 5 final national ranking.

Most popular specialty plates in Florida:

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

97209

HELPING SEA TURTLES SURVIVE

77311

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

73265

ENDLESS SUMMER

62181

PROTECT WILD DOLPHINS

53198

Most popular pro teams in Florida:

MIAMI HEAT

37361

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

31503

MIAMI DOLPHINS

16854

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

8918

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

7279

TAMPA BAY RAYS

5007

NASCAR

3422

ORLANDO MAGIC

3111

MIAMI MARLINS

2906

FLORIDA PANTHERS

2061

Most popular colleges in Florida:

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

97209

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

73265

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

25664

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

18220

FLORIDA A & M UNIVERSITY

16190

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

14907

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY

2424

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA

1736

FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY

1666

ROLLINS COLLEGE

1579

Where Tampa Bay Rays plates are most popular:

PINELLAS

1527

HILLSBOROUGH

1387

PASCO

548

MANATEE

289

POLK

183

SARASOTA

181

HERNANDO

104

Where Tampa Bay Buccaneers plates are most popular:

HILLSBOROUGH

9887

PINELLAS

5386

PASCO

2738

POLK

1216

MANATEE

1179

MIAMI-DADE

1125

ORANGE

1081

SARASOTA

927

HERNANDO

643

Where Tampa Bay Lightning plates are most popular:

HILLSBOROUGH

2606

PINELLAS

1569

PASCO

928

MANATEE

326

POLK

289

SARASOTA

258

HERNANDO

229