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Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis reappoints Jim Poppell as Lottery secretary

Poppell was appointed to the job by Gov. Rick Scott last year.
Governor-elect Ron DeSantis thanks the crowd at the Spartan Manor before ending his speech during a Thank You Tour across Florida on December 8, 2018 in New Port Richey. [Tailyr Irvine, Times Staff Photographer]
Governor-elect Ron DeSantis thanks the crowd at the Spartan Manor before ending his speech during a Thank You Tour across Florida on December 8, 2018 in New Port Richey. [Tailyr Irvine, Times Staff Photographer]
Published Dec. 18, 2018

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis said today he's reappointed Jim Poppell as secretary of the Florida Lottery.

"Jim Poppell is a committed public servant who believes in the mission of the Florida Lottery," DeSantis said in a statement. "Transparent and efficient operation of the lottery system is critical to ensuring that this program achieves its promise and Jim has demonstrated he is the professional to do this work."

Poppell took office on July 10, 2017, after Secretary  Tom Delacenserie resigned and took a job leading the Kentucky Lottery.

Before joining the lottery, Poppell was chief of staff at the state's Department of Economic Opportunity. Before that, he was an executive with NextEra Energy and Florida Power & Light.

The lottery sold nearly $6.2 billion in tickets last year, a $94 million increase from the year before, thanks to strong sales of scratch-off games.

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