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
DC Lottery not paying winners during government shutdown
If you are furloughed because of the shutdown and thought maybe a DC Lottery ticket might solve your problems, you are out of luck.
The DC Lottery announced Friday that they would not be paying out any winning lottery tickets until after the shutdown is over.
Due to the federal government shutdown, the DC Lottery has suspended the redemption of winning DC Lottery tickets until further notice, reads a notice on the DC Lottery website. Winning tickets will be paid out after the shutdown.
Oct 11, 2013, 5:58 pm - Lottery News forum
State auditor should examine Colorado Lottery, says lawmaker
A state senator Monday called for the state auditor to examine the Colorado Lottery's grossly unacceptable performance and systemic pattern of distracted management.
Sen. Steve King, vice chairman of the legislative audit committee, also said he plans to file a bill taking lottery oversight and management away from the state revenue department.
I want to do all the research and see what other states are doing, but I think I will find an independent commission is in the best interests of ...
Jul 23, 2013, 4:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Virginia lawmaker wins car on $5 lottery ticket
When state Del. Riley E. Ingram scratched off the lottery tickets he bought a few weeks ago at the Virginia Pork Festival in Emporia, he didn't realize what he had won until his 10-year-old grandson, Parker, figured it out.
He said, 'Grandaddy! You won a Jeep,'? Ingram, R-Hopewell, told a crowd that gathered Friday in the showroom of Crossroads Chrysler Jeep Dodge for a news conference held by the Virginia Lottery.
The longtime lawmaker is the soon-to-be owner of a new Jeep Wrangler Rubic ...
Jun 29, 2013, 8:26 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. treasurer says lottery privatization plan won't lead to layoffs
Plan may actually double the size of sales staff
The New Jersey state treasurer today defended the Christie administration's plan to privatize parts of the New Jersey Lottery and said he does not anticipate it leading to layoffs.
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff appeared in front of the state Assembly Budget Committee in Trenton to publicly discuss the plan which has drawn staunch opposition from New Jersey's Democratic state lawmakers and U.S. congressmen for the first time.
We can re-energize ...
Apr 25, 2013, 6:42 pm - Lottery News forum
Texas House reconsiders vote to abolish lottery commission
Well, that was interesting...
The Texas House reversed itself Tuesday and tentatively passed a bill that allows the Texas Lottery Commission to continue operating for another 12 years.
House Bill 2197 by state Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, passed 92-53.
The vote ended a day of drama in the House that started when lawmakers earlier voted to abolish the lottery commission. The House abruptly broke for lunch after the vote to end the commission, allowing House leaders the time to muster en ...
Apr 23, 2013, 7:11 pm - Lottery News forum
Texas House votes to abolish state lottery
The Texas House voted 81-65 to abolish the state lottery Tuesday, which would strip more than $1 billion a year from public schools.
A bi-partisan bloc of Republicans and Democrats spoke against the lottery on moral grounds.
A group of Democrats joined a Republican contingent that included at least two dozen Republican freshmen in voting against continuation of the Texas Lottery Commission. The vote can be reconsidered later if one of those who voted against the lottery ask ...
Apr 23, 2013, 4:29 pm - Lottery News forum
NJ Gov. slams Democrat tactics to derail lottery plan
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie referred to some New Jersey federal lawmakers' insistence that the U.S. Attorney General conduct a formal review of his lottery privatization plans as naked partisanship.
The governor blasted six New Jersey congressmen's decision to send the letter requesting a review by the Justice Department, saying Thursday that it amounts to nothing more than a campaign stunt for Christie's presumed Democratic gubernatorial challenger.
They might as well just put a 'Buo ...
Apr 19, 2013, 10:33 am - Lottery News forum
NJ Democrats want Justice Department to review lottery privatization plan
Unhappy with the state's decision to push ahead with its plan to partially privatize the New Jersey Lottery, a group of Garden State lawmakers have decided to make a federal case of the conflict. On Wednesday, half of New Jersey's congressional delegation asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to review the administration's scheme to see if it complies with federal law.
The six Democratic congressmen cosigned a letter to Holder, asking him to determine whether the $120 million payment the st ...
Apr 18, 2013, 3:25 pm - Lottery News forum