Florida Lottery Secretary resigns after investigation into travel bills


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Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell resigned Friday after a story by POLITICO Florida showed she took nine weeks of vacation as her agency was under investigation in 2014 for a fraud scandal and was being audited.  

The investigation showed O'Connell racked up almost $30,000 in travel bills, of which $20,899 was paid by taxpayers. A press release from Gov. Rick Scott's office says O'Connell, who was appointed in 2011,  is leaving office on Oct. 1 to "explore opportunities in the private sector," POLITICO Florida reports.  

Scott appointed Tom Delacenserie, the deputy secretary of sales and marketing for the lottery, as interim secretary. 

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