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State Lottery Privatization Contract Signed

January 18, 2013

Governor Tom Corbett announced Thursday that his administration has signed a 20-year contract with the firm that runs the British national lottery to manage the Pennsylvania Lottery.

Corbett said the partnership with Camelot Global Services will maximize lottery profits to secure predictable funding for programs that benefit Pennsylvania’s senior citizens.  He emphasized that it will be a partnership, and the state is not getting rid of its lottery.

The state Attorney General’s office has thirty days to review the contract for form and legality.

Meanwhile, opponents of the plan continue to try and chip away at the move.  David Fillman, representing AFCSME Council 13 and the union representing current lottery workers, says the lottery is coming off a record year and is doing fine.  The union council has filed suit to block the lottery privatization move.

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