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Florida Lottery Update (11:30 AM Tuesday August 29)

  • Miami, Ft. Myers, and Palm Beach district offices are closed today.
  • Lottery senior staff are holding twice-daily meetings to monitor the situation and implement emergency procedures.
  • Power generators have been topped-off and all back-up systems are ready in the event of power outage or communications failure.
  • Decision for additional closures for Wednesday will be announced today at 3:30 PM. In order to ensure proper communication, we disseminate this information redundantly via the Lottery website, emails, 800# recorded message, and press releases. All announcements are coordinated between HQ, district staff, and major vendors.
  • Lottery retailers will receive periodic updates via our on-line terminals messaging capability, with a special emphasis on ensuring they take the necessary steps to protect their family, property, businesses, and Lottery inventory.
  • Lottery vendors (Scientific Games and GTECH) have activated emergency plans for their employees, facilities, and operations. Deliveries for tickets, etc. continue so long as UPS is operational. GTECH is evacuating some personnel from the South Florida region until the storm passes.
  • We have an emergency 2-week supply of necessary inventory, such as playslips and ticket stock, in the event our Miami printer (Flamingo Graphics) goes offline due to storm damage.
  • The Lottery will continue to limit promotional advertising and outbound marketing calls in the impacted region.
  • All game drawings continue to take place as normally scheduled. Winning numbers and prize payouts will be posted to the Lottery website and via press releases, as usual.

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Last updated: August 29, 2006

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