Pennsylvania Lottery

Lottery
4:22 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

PA Lottery Seeks to Lower Revenue Percentage Allotted for Senior Programs

Despite bringing in $99 million dollars more in sales than last year, the PA Lottery is seeking to lower the percentage of revenue it is legally required to give to programs for seniors.

For the third year in a row, the lottery has given more than one billion dollars to programs that help the elderly with transportation, prescription costs and even tax rebates. This year, $3.8 billion dollars in sales revenue were generated, with $1.8 billion going towards seniors, the largest dollar amount in PA Lottery history.

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Government & Politics
12:02 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Tavern Gaming Glitch May Have Cooled Expansion Efforts

State lawmakers may be skittish about bridging budget gaps with any more expansions of gambling, due to a so-far failed attempt to bring in big bucks from tavern gambling.

Late last year, as state coffers were looking empty, lawmakers floated ideas of expanding gambling to fill shortfalls.

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State Budget
3:24 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Pennsylvania Lottery Looks to Expand Into Keno Games

Gov. Tom Corbett didn’t talk about gambling in his budget address Tuesday, but his proposed budget includes $20 million in new revenue from the expansion of the Pennsylvania Lottery into Keno games.

Elizabeth Brassell, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Lottery and Department of Revenue, said the introduction of Keno could be achieved through regulatory, rather than legislative means.

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Government & Politics
9:56 am
Thu January 30, 2014

State Senate Republicans Hope to Vote on Expanding PA Lottery Before Summer Recess

State Senate Republicans have a tentative plan to move legislation by July to expand the Pennsylvania Lottery.

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi says the goal is to hold a vote on a measure to legalize terminal-based games like keno, a fast-paced drawing, before the Legislature’s traditional summer recess.

Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser skirted the question of whether legislative approval is needed to add such games, but he said the Corbett administration is seeking some statutory changes.

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Government & Politics
3:30 am
Mon January 27, 2014

State Senators Taking Next Formal Step to Make Changes to PA Lottery

State senators are taking the next formal step to making changes to the Pennsylvania Lottery.

At an upcoming hearing, they plan to hear from national researchers and state officials on issues related to expanding the lottery to include more games and outsourcing its management.

The original push to add to game offerings came from the Corbett administration during its effort to privatize a portion of the lottery.

But Erik Arneson, spokesman for the Republican Senate Majority Leader, said lawmakers are interested in the face of a potential budget deficit.

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Government & Politics
10:25 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Senate Dems Urge Caution in PA Lottery Debate

As state lawmakers consider taking a legislative approach to making the Pennsylvania Lottery more profitable, Senate Democrats are sounding warnings that any changes shouldn’t be too drastic.

The Corbett administration had pursued a deal with a British firm to take over management of the lottery.

The same now-discarded contract would have also expanded the lottery’s offerings to include keno terminals in restaurants and online gaming.

Senate Democrats say they’re opposed to privatization, but they’re not committing to a position on the fast-paced keno drawings.

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Government & Politics
10:58 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Corbett Optimistic Legislative Support for Lottery Privatization is Growing

Gov. Tom Corbett is optimistic that legislative support for privatizing the state lottery is growing.

For the first time in more than a year, the Corbett administration has no obligation to a British firm that bid on a deal to manage the Pennsylvania Lottery.

The bid from Camelot Global Services expired at the end of 2013.

But Corbett says state lawmakers are still in talks over legislation to allow lottery privatization.

"Nothing’s public," he said. "There’s more discussion and I think there’s more look at getting more funds into Pennsylvania.

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Government & Politics
10:21 am
Fri December 13, 2013

As State Senate Adjourns, Budget Difficulties Loom

The state Senate has adjourned for the year on a somewhat frenzied note as lawmakers search for solutions to looming budget difficulties.

Most recently, Republican lawmakers have eyed the Pennsylvania Lottery as a potential source of additional tax revenues, by proposing legislation that would privatize its management and expand the games offered.

It’s an issue the Senate will take up again after its holiday break.

But Republican Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati says he’s aware the commonwealth may have reached its saturation point for gambling.

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Government & Politics
10:21 am
Tue December 10, 2013

PA Lottery Proposal Likely On Hold Until After the Holidays

The leader of the Senate Republicans says chances are slim lawmakers could pass legislation to expand the lottery and pave the way for its privatization before the holiday break.

Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi said the plan, hatched in part to generate revenue ahead of a tough budget year and in part to enact a property tax freeze for seniors, still lacks consensus among GOP lawmakers.

He said it deals with two issues.

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Lottery
5:35 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Lottery Bid Extended Again

Gov. Tom Corbett's keeping his option alive for at least two more months to hire a private manager for the $3.7 billion Pennsylvania Lottery.

The administration said Tuesday that the British national lottery operator, Camelot Global Services, agreed to extend the company's bid through Dec. 31.

Corbett began searching for a private manager in April 2012, but Attorney General Kathleen Kane rejected the contract with his eventual choice, Camelot, as illegal.

Corbett hasn't said whether he's asking state lawmakers for help or whether he'll resubmit the contract to Kane.

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Lottery
3:20 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Lottery Deal Fees Under Review by Auditor General

The state's top fiscal watchdog says his office will scrutinize state payments made to consultants working on a plan to lease the Pennsylvania Lottery to a private firm.

"The money that was paid to these firms, what did it actually go to?" said Democratic state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Tuesday about the planned review. He said more than $3.4 million has been paid to firms associated with the effort to lease the lottery. The money has come from the state's Lottery Fund, which supports programs benefiting seniors.

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Pennsylvania Lottery
3:30 am
Mon October 7, 2013

2 State Senators Want Corbett to End Lottery Privatization Bid

Two Democratic state senators want Gov. Tom Corbett to pull the plug on his efforts to privatize Pennsylvania's Lottery and turn his attention to what they say are more pressing issues including transportation funding, Medicaid expansion and education funding.  

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Government & Politics
2:26 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

House Democrats Cry Foul on Lottery Profit Characterization

State House Democrats claim the Corbett administration isn't making fair comparisons in the push to lease the Pennsylvania Lottery to a British company.

The administration was unimpressed the Pennsylvania Lottery's profit report for 2013 showed a less than one percent growth over the year prior.

Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser noted that under a privatization contract (still being tinkered with since the state attorney general rejected the contract) the state could expect a 9 percent annual profit growth.

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State Government
9:43 am
Fri July 19, 2013

PA Lottery Lands Record High Revenue, But Modest Profit Growth

The Pennsylvania Lottery saw record-high sales in the fiscal year ending last month. But the modest growth over the previous year's profits is part of the reason the Corbett administration's interest in privatizing the lottery is as strong as ever.

In past years, lottery revenues have jumped by as much as 10 percent in a year. The fiscal year that just ended saw growth of less than one percent in net revenue. Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser said a contract drafted to lease the lottery's operations to a British firm would yield much greater revenue growth.

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