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
Deal to let British firm run Pa. lottery still alive
The Corbett administration's deal with a British firm to run the Pennsylvania Lottery will remain alive at least for another month.
Administration officials said Tuesday that Camelot Global Services had agreed to extend through Aug. 30 its bid to manage the lottery. Corbett's office has sought a series of extensions since state Attorney General Kathleen Kane ruled in February that the lottery deal violated the state constitution.
Among other things, Kane said, lawyers on her staff had dete ...
Jul 31, 2013, 7:11 pm - Lottery News forum
Man overcomes gambling addiction, wins lottery
Joseph T. Jones Jr. won $20.8 million in 1992 in a Pennsylvania Wild Card Lotto $993,000 yearly for 21 years.
He just deposited the last check months ago.
I didn't spend it all. I didn't lose it all, said Joe. His nickname for the last 20 years has been Lotto.
If I'm at the urinal at an Eagles game, he explains, and one of my friends sees me, he'll yell, 'Yo, Lotto!'
Joe, 61, is still selling office supplies, though work is a relative term. He visited two clients before he hit th ...
Jul 6, 2013, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum
Bid to privatize Pa. Lottery's management extended by a week
The British firm that is seeking to take over management of the Pennsylvania Lottery's management for the next 20 to 30 years has agreed to extend its bid's expiration date by a week.
The bid from Camelot Global Services was due to expire on Sunday.
Gov. Tom Corbett mentioned the extension during his post-budget news conference.
In its bid that originally was to expire Dec. 31 and has been extended now seven times, Camelot committed to generating lottery profits of $34.6 billion over th ...
Jul 2, 2013, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
Winning lottery ticket pits Pa. brothers against each other
Sometimes, a stack of lottery cash is thicker than blood.
And two Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, brothers learned that the hard way.
A winning lottery ticket has pitted Ira Sharp, and his half-brother, Charles Thomas Meehan, against each other in Cumberland County Court, fracturing a close familial kinship that may never exist again.
The saga began at Johnny Joe's Sports Bar Grill in Hampden Township in late May, when Sharp and Meehan were knocking back a few drinks, and ...
Jun 26, 2013, 11:46 am - Lottery News forum