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Florida Lottery secretary to resign June 2

Florida Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie

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Florida Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie

After just 18 months being in charge of the Florida Lottery, Secretary Tom Delacenserie is leaving his job.

Delacenserie is resigning his post effective June 2, Gov. Rick Scott's office announced Friday.

Scott appointed Delacenserie to head the Florida Lottery in November 2015. He replaced Cynthia O'Connell, one of Rick Scott's original agency heads, who resigned after details emerged about questionable travel expenses and absenteeism. Before then, Delacenserie had for two years been the deputy secretary of sales and marketing. He began working for the Florida Lottery in 2000.

"Tom has done a great job, and under his leadership, the Lottery has seen record sales and made historic contributions to Florida’s education system," Scott said in a statement. "Tom has been a valued member of my team since the start of my administration and I am proud of the great work he has done for Florida’s students. I wish Tom and his family the very best in their future endeavors.”

Scott's office said announcements about agency leadership will be made at a later date.

His resignation comes after Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran made the Florida Lottery a target in February, when he sued the agency for signing a long-term contract for online games that cost $700 million. That contract was signed while Delacenserie was Secretary. In March, a Leon County Circuit Court judge sided with the House and Corcoran, invalidating the multi-year contract.

The 15-page ruling, by Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers, said that Delacenserie "lacked the legal authority to enter into" the contract with IGT Global Solutions.

[Last modified: Friday, May 19, 2017 6:01pm]

    

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