Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has brought in Randall Hunt to take charge of the Florida Lottery.
The appointment follows the resignation of former Florida Lottery secretary Jim Poppell, who has retired after two and a half years in the role.
Hunt is the owner and chief executive of Athletic Apex, a national health and fitness chain, who was appointed as a board member of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority by Governor DeSantis in February.
“I’m pleased to announce the appointment of Randall Hunt to lead our efforts at the Florida Lottery,” said governor DeSantis. “Randall’s entrepreneurial skills and perseverance will serve him well as he takes the helm of this important department.”
Poppell had been appointed secretary of the lottery in July 2017, having previously served as chief of staff of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. He announced his resignation in a letter to the Governor on 20 September.
The Florida Lottery has contributed more than $36bn to education since it was established in 1988, and sent more than 840,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. It has paid more than $66.9bn in prizes and made more than 2,800 people millionaires.