Auditor General-elect calls for lottery contract transparency

December 06. 2012 9:00AM - Last modified: December 06. 2012 9:56AM

Brent Burkey

Auditor General-elect Eugene DePasquale has joined the voices calling for more information and transparency before Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration enters a private management agreement for the Pennsylvania Lottery.

Eugene DePasquale

At news conference this morning in Harrisburg, DePasquale also questioned the administration’s timeline for possibly getting the state into such a long-term, multibillion-dollar deal.

The commonwealth announced Nov. 20 that it has a bid on the table until Dec. 31 for lottery management from Camelot Global Services PA LLC.

It includes annual profit commitments starting with about $1.1 billion in the first year, with numbers growing to roughly $2 billion by the 20th year, according to a publicly available bid form.

But DePasquale said more information is needed to judge whether this deal could be in the best interests of everyone, especially the state’s seniors.

Right now, there are just too many unanswered questions, he said.

“This is an enormous contract,” DePasquale said.

The state has sought to possibly enter a private management agreement for the lottery to help maximize results of the system, which funds programs benefiting older Pennsylvanians.

Also, earlier this fall, state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny County, announced that he planned to propose a bill in January to require legislative approval of such privatization moves.

 


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