Jim Poppell was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to be the Florida Lottery’s eighth Secretary on July 10, 2017.
Secretary Poppell previously served as the Chief of Staff of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, where he was responsible for representing the agency’s views on policy decisions and ensuring its mission and goals were achieved by managing the day-to-day operations of all divisions. Prior to his career in state government, Mr. Poppell was the Executive Vice President of Human Resources at NextEra Energy, Inc., and held several leadership positions at Florida Power & Light Company and was a litigator with Foley & Lardner LLP.
An advocate for education, Secretary Poppell shares Governor Scott’s commitment to Florida’s students and schools. Every decision made by the Florida Lottery is done so with the welfare of Florida’s students, colleges and universities in mind. Over the past 30 years, the Lottery has provided funding for more than 775,000 Bright Futures Scholarships, benefitting students statewide.