Around the Region - Jan. 22


Published: Friday, January 22, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 10:56 p.m.

COMMUNITY

12 employees, retirees share lottery jackpot

A Chiefland woman listed as the winner of Sunday's Florida Lotto jackpot is one of 12 colleagues who jointly bought tickets every week and will share the prize.

Carolyn DeVore, an assistant warden at Lancaster Correctional Institution in Trenton, said the group of current or former co-workers has been buying a weekly Lotto ticket for about 15 years.

"We play the same numbers every week," DeVore said, adding she didn't believe it when told of the winning ticket. "Nobody did. We've been doing it so long."

The jackpot was $9 million. The winners chose the one-time, lump-sum payment for about $5 million. DeVore said each of the 12 ticket sharers will get about $300,000.

DeVore added that she is close to retiring and will continue working until then. Some of the other winners had already retired, while those who are employed will continue until their planned retirement.

"Most of us are planning on investing, and this will make it easier when we do retire," she said.

- Cindy Swirko

POLICE BEAT

Jail worker resigns after allegedly hiring prostitutes

A clerical worker at the Alachua County jail was allowed to resign instead of being fired after allegedly admitting to hiring prostitutes for five years.

Bobby Pertee, 31, had worked for the Sheriff's Office, which oversees the jail, for 7 1/2 years in clerical positions. He was suspended with pay in mid-December. Sheriff Sadie Darnell agreed to allow him to resign this week in lieu of being fired.

Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Steve Maynard said Pertee had not been charged with any crimes as a result of the internal investigation.

According to a report released Thursday, Pertee's activities came to light when a female inmate at the jail recognized him as a man who was a regular customer before she was incarcerated on an unrelated case.

Pertee could not be reached for comment.

- Karen Voyles

STATE

Obama, Biden planning visit to Florida next week

TALLAHASSEE - President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are coming to Florida.

Obama and Biden will be in the Tampa area Thursday, the day after Obama delivers his State of the Union address.

- The Associated Press

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