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Auditor General-elect calls for lottery contract transparency

By - Last modified: December 6, 2012 at 9:56 AM

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Eugene DePasquale
Eugene DePasquale

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.

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.

 

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey covers York County, agribusiness, energy and environment, and workforce issues. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at brentb@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @brentburkey.

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