Irma suspends lottery in Florida

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Florida lottery operations have been suspended due to state’s weather alert on hurricane Irma.

US.- Gaming industry in Florida has been momentarily suspended as the hurricane Irma goes through the Southeast of the United States. This weekend, Florida governor Rick Scott declared state of emergency whilst Key West was near experiencing first hurricane-force wind gusts of 74 miles per hour. The climate phenomenon has threatened the businesses’ developments in all the Caribbean.

Scott has also signed on Sunday an executive order, where the administration urged the suspension of Florida Lottery operations in order to prioritise the weather alert. South Florida residents were also asked to leave the state to prevent fatalities. Sunday’s document has also warned that Department of Lottery offices in Tallahassee may be closed due to the storm.

“During this state of emergency, Governor Scott has made it clear that taking care of Florida’s families is his top priority. We at the Florida Lottery share his passion and are doing all we can to ensure the community and our employees remain safe,” Lottery Secretary Jim Poppell revealed in an official statement.

Tickets that have been already sold will not loose its validity until the next lottery draw, which would be held “as soon as possible after the potentially catastrophic impacts of Hurricane Irma have passed,” assured the statement.