Pennsylvania Senate may work privatization deal
But solution may not come until 2014
There is broad support among Senate Republicans to give the governor authority for a private company to manage the Pennsylvania Lottery and legalize electronic games such as keno to boost state revenue, the Senate majority leader said on Monday.
But quick action in the Legislature appears unlikely, said Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware County. He didn't rule out a vote on Tuesday but noted long odds against that happening. Many senators want further vet ...
Dec 10, 2013, 7:57 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. lawmaker wants to give lottery winners right to remain anonymous
A Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, lawmaker unveiled legislation Friday that would allow lottery winners to keep their identities hidden from the public.
State Rep. Ted Harhai, D-58, Monessen, said he believes the proposal would help lottery winners avoid the pitfalls that have plagued many past prize winners, from alleged murder attempts to thefts and scams.
I think providing this option is necessary, Harhai said in a statement. In particular, multi-state lottery jackpots can reach int ...
Dec 8, 2013, 9:34 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. Lottery director to depart
The executive director of the Pennsylvania Lottery is leaving for a private-sector position with a subcontractor of the company the state contracts for lottery services.
Todd Rucci, appointed executive director in September 2011, will stay until Nov. 22. Then he'll take a government and communication relations job with PAP Technologies, a Lancaster-based firm specializing in lottery ticket printing for games such as Powerball and Mega Millions.
The company is a subcontractor of Scientific ...
Nov 9, 2013, 6:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Pa. Gov. extends lottery privatization contract
Gov. Tom Corbett's administration will continue its examination into the privatization of the management of the Pennsylvania Lottery for two more months.
The administration announced Tuesday that United Kingdom-based Camelot Global Services has agreed for an 11th time to extend its bid's expiration date, which was set to expire today. It now is good through Dec. 31.
Camelot, the lone company to submit a bid, committed to generating $34.6 billion in profits to fund lottery-funded programs f ...
Oct 30, 2013, 11:30 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. Gov. defends lottery privatization exploration
If privatizing the Pennsylvania Lottery's management isn't the answer to ensuring reliable and predictable funding for programs for older Pennsylvanians, what is?
That's the question that a spokesman for Gov. Tom Corbett raised in responding to state Treasurer Rob McCord call on Monday to pull the plug on the administration's lottery private management agreement (PMA) pursuit.
Our need is outpacing our ability to fund those programs, said Corbett press secretary Jay Pagni. The PMA is a ve ...
Oct 29, 2013, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. Lottery privatization pursuit nears another deadline
Treasurer Rob McCord urges Corbett to drop the idea
The price tag for exploring Gov. Tom Corbett's idea for outsourcing management of the Pennsylvania Lottery has crossed the $4 million threshold and is marching toward the $5 million mark.
Recent revisions to the contract with the administration's outside legal advisers, DLA Piper, alone now allow it to be paid as much as $3.4 million.
That is up from the original $375,000 cap set when the firm was hired in March 2012 and has steadily r ...
Oct 28, 2013, 8:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania brothers still battling over $1M lottery ticket
A $1 million winning lottery ticket still has two Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, brothers fighting each other in court.
Ira Sharp is suing his half-brother, Charles Thomas Meehan, over what he claims is his half of the Hot Million scratch-off ticket purchased at Johnny Joe's bar and restaurant in Hampden Township in May.
(See Winning lottery ticket pits Pa. brothers against each other, Lottery Post, June 26, 2013.)
Sharp claims his brother not only owes him half of the $1 million from the ...
Oct 14, 2013, 11:51 am - Lottery News forum
Outsourcing Pa. Lottery management bid deadline draws near
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett once again finds himself days away from having to make a decision about what to do about his plan to privatizing the management of Pennsylvania Lottery.
The latest extension of a bid from United Kingdom-based Camelot Global Services, the only company to submit a bid to do this work, expires on Friday. It is the ninth extension to the bid's expiration date originally set to expire Dec. 31.
As of Wednesday morning, there was still no decision to accept it, rejec ...
Aug 28, 2013, 12:38 pm - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania Lottery game development: Little left to chance
Standing at the vending machine or counter display, it's hard to tell which instant lottery game is the hot ticket to buy.
But to the Pennsylvania Lottery officials, every game in the display is considered hot or it wouldn't be there.
Every one of the 50 to 54 instant lottery games introduced each year receives an abundance of forethought from how it looks, how it's played and how it will be received by players.
We can't afford a so-so game, said Drew Svitko, the lottery's deputy execu ...
Aug 27, 2013, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. woman claims winning $131.5M Powerball ticket
A woman has claimed the winning ticket in a $131.5 million Powerball drawing that she bought at a Philadelphia beer store last month.
Lottery officials say Upper Darby resident Patricia Chandler turned in the winning ticket Tuesday from the June 22, 2013, Powerball drawing. They say she has opted to collect her winnings as a lump sum of $77.4 million.
According to lottery officials, Chandler's jackpot is the fourth-largest Powerball cash prize ever awarded by the Pennsylvania Lottery.
Jul 31, 2013, 7:42 pm - Lottery News forum