Pa. lottery deal becomes political football
Gov. Tom Corbett is pressing state Attorney General Kathleen Kane to say whether she'll approve a contract to hire a British firm to manage the $3.5 billion Pennsylvania Lottery.
Camelot Global Services' bid to take over lottery management from state employees expires Saturday. Kane has a little over three weeks to decide whether the 20- to 30-year contract is legal. In the meantime, the contract's legality is being challenged in court by Democratic lawmakers and the union that represents lot ...
Feb 14, 2013, 7:20 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. Assembly approves measures to slow Gov.'s plan to privatize lottery
The New Jersey Assembly Monday passed a measure that would force Gov. Chris Christie to seek the Legislature's approval for his plan to privatize parts of the state lottery, which Democratic lawmakers said is being pushed through under the radar without oversight.
The bill (A3614), approved 45-29, largely along party lines, would give the Legislature the power to reject or accept the 15-year, $120 million contract the Christie administration is reviewing. Current law does not require Christie ...
Jan 29, 2013, 6:52 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. Treasurer considers blocking move to private lottery operator
As more details emerge about the contract for private management of the Pennsylvania Lottery, the state treasurer says he's more concerned, not less, about the legality of the contract.
State Treasurer Rob McCord has previously indicated he'll use his authority to withhold payments to the private Lottery manager if he deems it necessary. And he says he's not heard anything to put his mind at ease.
I haven't made the final decision yet, but right now I certainly am taking a look at this wi ...
Jan 25, 2013, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum
Deal reached to privatize the Pa. Lottery
The Corbett administration announced late Friday that it would award to a British firm a contract to privatize the management of the Pennsylvania Lottery.
The announcement came just days before a state Senate committee was scheduled to hold a hearing on what has become the administration's most aggressive foray into privatizing state services.
While the contract with Camelot Global Services was not yet formally signed, the administration issued what it called a notice of award. Though not ...
Jan 12, 2013, 12:38 pm - Lottery News forum
Union fights effort to privatize Pa. Lottery
The union that represents Pennsylvania Lottery employees is fighting Gov. Corbett's move to privatize its operations.
With a day to go until the private company's offer is set to expire, AFSCME Council 13 is waging a strong counterattack against outsourcing the profitable lottery in the courtroom, the Statehouse, and the streets.
This week, a particularly edgy some might consider over-the-top billboard appeared near the Capitol, skewering the British firm that is the sole bidder for the lo ...
Jan 9, 2013, 12:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania Lottery privatization Q&A
Secretaries of aging and revenue discuss Camelot Group bid
If Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett accepts an English company's bid to handle the day-to-day management of the Pennsylvania Lottery, no two state agencies will be more immediately and profoundly affected than the Departments of Aging and Revenue.
The Aging Department is one of the main beneficiaries of the $3.5 billion Lottery, which funds programs ranging from Meals on Wheels to in-home care services for Pennsylvania's senior citize ...
Jan 8, 2013, 11:03 am - Lottery News forum
DC lottery contract is the subject of a federal probe with numerous officials under scrutiny
A federal grand jury is investigating the awarding of the $38 million contract to run the District of Columbia lottery, a process that raises further questions about corruption in a city government already beleaguered by criminal prosecutions.
Although no one has yet been charged in the lottery probe, authorities are looking for evidence of crimes including bribery and illegal steering of contracts, and numerous officials are under scrutiny, according to several people familiar with the probe ...
Dec 12, 2012, 9:01 am - Lottery News forum
Penn. Lottery seeking outside help for marketing efforts
'The lottery would not be sold nor will it be fully privatized'
An aging population's increased demand for services and the need for stable funding for those programs sparked Gov. Tom Corbett administration's decision to seek private managers for the Pennsylvania Lottery, senior administration officials told a House oversight committee Tuesday.
By 2030, a quarter of Pennsylvanians will be 65 years or older, and the lottery, which had sales of $3.2 billion during the 2010-11 fiscal year, wi ...
Apr 5, 2012, 10:27 am - Lottery News forum
Almost-millionaire on a 15-year political pilgrimage
Still hasn't given up fight for $5.8 million
It all started with a lottery ticket.
For Clarence Jackson, life over the past 15 years has been a roller-coaster ride of highs and lows that began with a once-in-a-lifetime ticket that would have made him a multimillionaire.
Jackson was the guy who held the winning ticket for $5.8 million and tried unsuccessfully to cash it after he missed the one-year deadline by three days.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of a memorable debate in t ...
Mar 19, 2012, 7:47 am - Lottery News forum
State cuts lottery winner's benefits
Michigan woman who won $1M continued to collect $200 a month in food stamps
A Lincoln Park, Michigan, woman who won $1 million in the state lottery but continued to get food stamps has an unusual connection to the legislator seeking to outlaw what she was she's doing.
Amanda Clayton, 24, won $1 million in the lottery in September and until recently was still receiving $200 a month in food stamps to feed her and her two children.
Late Wednesday, the state Department of Human Services sai ...
Mar 8, 2012, 7:28 am - Lottery News forum