FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2017
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
LOTTERY SECURITY REPORTS LATEST STING RESULTS; MAKES ONE ARREST
TALLAHASSEE - Last week, law enforcement agents with the Florida Lottery's Division of Security visited 26 retailer locations as part of its on-going Operation Integrity program. Lottery retail locations in Wakulla and Franklin counties were included. .
As a result of these stings, one arrest was made on charges of Grand Theft (violation of section 812.014(2c1), Florida Statutes) involving Lottery tickets. The individual was arrested at Triangle Mart, located at 2616 Coastal Highway in Crawfordville.
These actions are part of the Lottery's on-going effort to heighten awareness of what it does as an organization to combat illegal activity. The Florida Lottery will not tolerate fraudulent activity by players or retailers.
The Florida Lottery's Division of Security works to identify and take action against criminal behavior involving its retailers. If you notice any suspicious activity involving a Lottery retailer or your Lottery purchase, contact your local law enforcement agency or the Lottery's Division of Security immediately at (850) 487-7730. The earlier you report suspicious activity the easier it is to investigate.
ABOUT POWERBALL IN FLORIDA
Florida is among the top-selling POWERBALL states in the country, exceeding more than $4 billion in sales, yielding $1.6 billion in education funding to date. Since POWERBALL launched in Florida in January 2009, the Florida Lottery has had the most winners in the nation with more than 73 million winning tickets totaling more than $2 billion in prizes, including 12 jackpot winners.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $31 billion to education and sending more than 750,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $52.4 billion in prizes and made more than 1,900 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
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