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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2014

CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
(850) 487-7727

FLORIDA LOTTERY ANNOUNCES SUSPENSION OF THREE BROWARD COUNTY RETAILERS

TALLAHASSEE -Today the Florida Lottery announced it has suspended the sale of its products at three Pompano Beach retailers after an on-going investigation determined fraudulent activity may have occurred involving the sale of lottery tickets. The Lottery has suspended sales at the following locations:

Akel Market, 502 NW 6th St, Pompano Beach
Georgia Market, 1404 NW 6th Avenue, Pompano Beach
Kwik Stop Food Store, 617 Hammondville Road, Pompano Beach

A Lottery law enforcement agent assisted by the Broward County Sheriff's Office removed all lottery equipment, tickets and other property from each store. The contract suspension of all three retailers is temporary while the Florida Lottery continues its investigation. If the investigation concludes that a crime has taken place, the Florida Lottery would terminate the retailer's contract and owners or employees of the stores could face criminal charges.

"The Florida Lottery will not tolerate fraudulent activity by our players or retailers. The integrity of the Florida Lottery is our top priority," said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell. "This action is part of our on-going effort to heighten awareness of what we do as an organization to combat illegal activity."

Today's action is part of an internal investigation that began in August 2013 conducted by the Florida Lottery Division of Security and the Lottery's Inspector General. Based on additional evidence gathered Wednesday April 2, the Lottery made the decision to immediately suspend these three retailers.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $26 billion to education and sending more than 650,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests nearly 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 $37 billion in prizes and made more than 1,300 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.

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