The Corbett administration announced Friday that the firm that runs the British national lottery has been selected to take over the management of the Pennsylvania Lottery.
Meanwhile, a state Senate committee was scheduled to hear testimony on the controversial topic of lottery privatization today (Mon.). The Senate Finance Committee, a panel on which Senator Scott Hutchinson, from Oil City, was recently appointed Vice Chairman, held a public hearing this morning.
Camelot Global Services, the only bidder to meet an end-of-the-year bid deadline, has promised Pennsylvania $34 billion in profits over 20 years.
Meanwhile, Council 13 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the labor union representing state employees, has already filed suit to try to block the contract. State Treasurer Rob McCord has challenged the legality of the agreement, saying Camelot plans to add keno and on-line gambling, a change he insists must be approved by the state legislature. McCord has threatened to withhold payment to Camelot until he is satisfied that plans to expand gambling in the state meet legal guidelines.
Experts say some of Camelot’s plans would, indeed, require state approval.