FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, JULY 20, 2017
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
LOTTERY SECURITY REPORTS LATEST STING RESULTS; MAKES TWO ARRESTS
TALLAHASSEE - This week, law enforcement agents with the Florida Lottery's Division of Security visited 100 retailer locations as part of its on-going Operation Integrity program. Lottery retail locations in Orange, Seminole, and Volusia counties were included.
As a result of these stings, two arrests were made. One individual was arrested at Tareen Food Mart, located at 2201 West 1st Avenue in Sanford, on charges of Grand Theft (violation of section 812.014(2c3), Florida Statutes) involving Lottery tickets. The second individual was arrested at Diamond Food Mart, located at 2901 West Highway 441 in Apopka, on charges of Transfer Offer Right to Claim Lottery Prize (violation of section 24.118(2), Florida Statutes).
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 the Lottery's Division of Security immediately at (850) 487-7730. The earlier you report suspicious activity the easier it is to investigate.
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 contributions 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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