FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
FORT PIERCE LOTTERY CLERK ARRESTED
TALLAHASSEE - As part of the Florida Lottery's ongoing retailer compliance initiative, agents with the Lottery's Division of Security conducted 70 separate compliance checks this week across three counties, one of which led to the arrest of a retail clerk.
Store manager Wladimir Francisco Villacis, of Fort Pierce Gas & Go Corp, located at 5675 South US Highway 1 in Fort Pierce, was arrested and charged with Grand Theft of the third degree, which is a felony.
These sting operations are part of the Lottery's continuing commitment to heighten awareness of what we do as an organization and to combat illegal activity. The Florida Lottery will not tolerate fraudulent activity by our 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.
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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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