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Union releases counterproposal to Camelot's lottery bid

By , - Last modified: January 8, 2013 at 4:19 PM

The union representing Pennsylvania Lottery employees said today continued public management and operation of the system would mean $799 million more over six years than a private company's guarantees.

Estimates, which it called conservative, are "based on the expansions and improvements outlined in our union written alternatives," according to a document posted on the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees Council 13's website.

The union had until today to submit a counterproposal as the commonwealth continues to consider a bid on the table from Camelot Global Services PA LLC for private management of the state's lottery.

The system's profits benefit programs for older Pennsylvanians.

Gov. Tom Corbett's administration has embarked on a months-long process to see whether bringing in private management would be best to try to increase profits to keep up with the state's growing senior population.

The bid from Camelot had been valid until Dec. 31, but it and the state agreed to an extension until Thursday.

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