Lottery management bid extended by one day
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HARRISBURG -- State officials announced this evening that a private firm's bid for managing the Pennsylvania Lottery has been extended by another 24 hours.
A proposal from Britain-based Camelot Global Services PA LLC to operate the state lottery was set to expire at midnight tonight. Gov. Tom Corbett's administration and the Britain-based company agreed to push back that deadline until Friday night.
Negotiations toward a longer extension will continue tomorrow, according to Corbett spokesman Eric Shirk.
A state Senate panel has scheduled a hearing on the proposal for Monday, with officials from Camelot and the union representing many of the lottery employees scheduled to testify.
Camelot submitted the sole bid for a 20- to 30-year contract to run the state's lottery. The company has promised to boost profits by adding games like keno, expanding the number of retailers, and broadening the demographics of those purchasing lottery tickets.
AFSCME Council 13, which represents about 170 of the 230 state lottery workers, offered a counter proposal to the Camelot plan earlier this week. The labor group is arguing that the firm's proposal would provide less funding for seniors programs and too little security against missing its profit margins.
First Published January 10, 2013 6:49 pm