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
Former Pa. Gov. tied to consultants on lottery privatization
As Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett considers whether to hand the reins of the state lottery over to a British company, he's been getting advice from a firm with ties to his predecessor.
Former Gov. Ed Rendell is a senior adviser to Greenhill Partners, which stands to make millions if Corbett signs off on a private management agreement with the North American subsidiary of The Camelot Group, which runs the National Lottery in the United Kingdom.
Corbett has until at least Monday to decide whe ...
Dec 27, 2012, 10:11 am - Lottery News forum
Democrats take aim at bid to privatize Pa. lottery
Democratic lawmakers are taking aim at GOP Gov. Tom Corbett administration's move to privatize the Pennsylvania Lottery's management, saying it is shrouded in secrecy and will result in a corporate giveaway that diverts hundreds of millions of dollars from the state's services for the elderly.
In a Friday letter, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, asked Corbett for a slew of documents, including the proposed management agreement between the state and Britain-based Camelot Global S ...
Dec 7, 2012, 8:00 am - Lottery News forum
UK Lottery operator bids for Pennsylvania lottery
Pennsylvania received one bid in response to its search for a private manager to run the state's lottery system, officials announced Tuesday.
Gov. Tom Corbett's administration announced on Tuesday that a priced bid and 20 years' worth of annual profit commitments has come in from United Kingdom-based Camelot Global Services PA LLC.
Camelot, the firm that currently operates the United Kingdom's lottery, was the only company to submit a bid outlining how much revenue it pledged to raise over ...
Nov 20, 2012, 6:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Pa. considers expanding lottery gambling to Web
The administration of Gov. Tom Corbett said Friday that expanding Pennsylvania Lottery gambling to keno and online games will be one of the best ways to produce more revenue from the $3.5 billion lottery system that funds programs for the elderly.
The administration made the statement as part of an update on its talks with companies about privatizing the management of the $3.5 billion lottery system under a 20-year agreement.
Asked about it Friday, Corbett would only say that the ideas are ...
Nov 12, 2012, 1:47 pm - Lottery News forum
1987 Pennsylvania Lottery winners to receive final payments
When Ronald Shuey learned that he and his co-workers won the lottery in 1987, he imagined himself buying a shiny black Jaguar.
Sheri Charney started planning her new house.
Connie Connolly's husband thought he could buy a fancy boat.
Many were too excited to sleep the night of Oct. 21, 1987. The next morning, the 17 employees of the former Herman Avenue Elementary School in Lemoyne celebrated with coffee, doughnuts and fruit in the teachers lounge. Don't all lottery winners dream?
Oct 22, 2012, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. man pleads guilty in bizarre lottery tax case
A 70-year-old Pennsylvania man faces up to a year and half in prison for having more than 40 people cash in lottery tickets worth $520,000 so he could avoid paying federal income tax on the winnings.
Sherman Friend, of McClellandtown, faces a sentence of 12 to 18 months in federal prison when he is sentenced Feb. 15 on the tax evasion charge he pleaded guilty to Friday before U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab in Pittsburgh.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Nelson Cohen said Friend won big when he b ...
Sep 28, 2012, 12:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Penn. Lottery gets advice from Illinois on privatization
State trying to decide if privately operating the lottery is right approach
Pennsylvania is currently looking into privatizing its lottery, but one official with the Illinois lottery, the only private system in the nation, is warning the commonwealth to carefully plan how it would choose a company to manage day-to-day operations.
Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones says in the Land of Lincoln, potential overseers had to estimate how much money they'd be able to bring into the lot ...
Aug 9, 2012, 7:42 am - Lottery News forum
48 Philly transit workers win $172M Powerball jackpot
Trains and subways might zip along a little faster in Philadelphia this week after a group of 48 transit workers hit a $172 million Powerball lottery jackpot.
The workers, who will get about $3 million apiece, are choosing to remain anonymous, but range in rank from senior managers in the purchasing department to a favorite janitor, according to Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) spokesman Richard Maloney.
They have all asked to be anonymous on this. When you get a ...
Apr 30, 2012, 8:15 am - Lottery News forum