FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
FLORIDA LOTTERY RETAILER ASSISTS WITH SILVER ALERT RECOVERY
TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Lottery announces the recovery of a missing person directly attributed to the Lottery's partnership with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Silver Alert program.
On Saturday, August 26, 2017, the Hendry County Sheriff's Office visited the Handy Neighborhood Store, located at 1040 South State Road 29 in Labelle, after receiving a call from a store clerk referencing an elderly male fitting the description of a Silver Alert received on the Lottery terminal machine. When officers arrived, the missing individual was talking to the cashier; he told officers he thought he had only been away from home for an hour, not realizing that he had been reported missing since the previous day. Officers contacted the man's wife, who immediately came and picked him up.
The Florida Lottery partners with FDLE in the Amber, Silver, and Blue Alert programs. Amber Alerts are issued when a child goes missing or is abducted; Silver Alerts are issued when a cognitively impaired individual becomes lost, either while driving or on foot; and Blue Alerts are issued when a law enforcement officer is killed, injured, or missing, and the suspect is still at large. Over the past three years, 12 adults have been identified by Lottery retailers through the Silver Alert messaging system.
"The Lottery is proud to partner with FDLE on these three important programs and we will continue to work together to shine a light on missing children or adults needing assistance," said Florida Lottery Secretary Jim Poppell.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $32 billion to education and sending more than 775,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and contributions to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $52.4 billion in prizes and made more than 1,900 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
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