Lawsuit filed over effort to privatize PA lottery

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 18, 2012 6:44 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A union representing state workers has filed a lawsuit that seeks to prevent Governor Corbett's administration from privatizing the Pennsylvania Lottery. 

Corbett is weighing a 20- to 30-year agreement with Camelot Global Services to manage the $3.5 billion lottery. 

Currently, the 41-year-old lottery is run by the Department of Revenue, and profits benefit programs for the elderly, including transit, rent and property tax rebates, prescription drug assistance, senior centers and long-term care services. 

AFSCME Council 13, which represents 233 lottery employees, filed suit in Commonwealth Court yesterday.

It's asking the court to keep the administration from implementing a private management agreement. 

Corbett spokesman Kevin Harley calls the suit "frivolous." He says nothing has been privatized and that the state is doing its due diligence in examining the idea.

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