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Peter Antonacci, Former Broward Elections Supervisor, Wins State Lottery For Lucrative New Liquor License

 Peter Antonacci
Anthony Man
South Florida Sun Sentinel
Supervisor of Elections Peter Antonacci appears before the Broward County commission on Sept. 10, 2020. He predicted turnout in the November election could hit 75%, a record for Broward County. Looking on is County Administrator Bertha Henry in the commission chambers nearly empty because of Covid-19 precautions.


Florida’s chief administrative law judge won a coveted liquor license in the state drawing Tuesday, beating out 1,014 other applicants.

Pete Antonacci, a longtime loyalist of former Gov. Rick Scott, won the only open liquor license in Pinellas County, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. He was one of 62 winners for licenses across 30 counties. More than 23,000 entries were submitted across all counties.

The annual double-random drawing for quota liquor licenses held by the state has far better odds than playing the Florida Lottery, and it can be more lucrative.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.