Tom Delacenserie to resign as Fla. Lottery Secretary – Florida Politics (blog)
Florida Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie is resigning effective the beginning of June, sources told FloridaPolitics.com on Friday.
The move was confirmed by the Governor’s Office, which provided a copy of his resignation letter.
The letter did not mention his future plans but Delacenserie wrote that he “enjoyed all of my 17 years with the Florida Lottery but none more than the time spent under your leadership.”
Delacenserie has been in the top job since November 2015, when he replaced former Secretary Cynthia O’Connell.
A spokeswoman for the Lottery was in a meeting Friday afternoon and unavailable, an assistant said.
Delacenserie has overseen the growth and escalating sales of Lottery products, leading to the “strongest start ever to the final quarter of the fiscal year, with record sales for the month of April totaling more than $528 million,” a recent press release said.
The Lottery’s profits go into the state’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund, which among other things pays for Florida Bright Futures Scholarships.
“I am extremely proud of our Florida Lottery team and retailers as we continue to shatter previous records,” Delacenserie said in the release. “In addition to their winning experiences, our players should take pride in knowing that with the purchase of every Lottery ticket, they are making a difference in the lives of Florida’s students.”
Lawmakers this year passed a bill requiring lottery ticket warning labels after removing a requirement that warnings also be displayed at counters where tickets are sold.
The bill mandates six rotating warnings on Florida Lottery tickets and advertisements. They include “WARNING: GAMBLING CAN BE ADDICTIVE” and “WARNING: YOUR ODDS OF WINNING THE TOP PRIZE ARE EXTREMELY LOW.”
A press release sent later Friday said “further announcements on agency leadership will be made at a later date.”
“Tom has done a great job and under his leadership, the Lottery has seen record