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Former Lottery secretary lands new job with help from Scott

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Posted at 3:39 PM, Mar 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-28 12:02:07-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's former lottery secretary got a new job with the help of Gov. Rick Scott's administration.

Cynthia O'Connell last week began working as the director of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. O'Connell will be paid $100,000 a year.

O'Connell abruptly resigned last August from her $141,000 a year job as lottery secretary once questions mounted about her work habits and spending, including questions about her use of an agency credit card.

Florida Prepaid College Board spokeswoman Shannon Colavecchio says O'Connell was viewed as an "ideal candidate" for the job because of her extensive ties to the state's colleges. Colavecchio says O'Connell was recommended for the position by the governor's office.

O'Connell, whose late husband was once president of the University of Florida, spent 10 years on the UF board of trustees.