AFSCME Council 13, the union representing employees who work for the Pennsylvania Lottery, said it could generate at least $1.5 billion more in profits for seniors than the Camelot Group, the private operator currently negotiating with the Corbett administration to take over operation of the program.
“If public employees have the opportunity to operate the lottery under the same expansion that the administration wants to provide Camelot, we would beat Camelot’s guaranteed profits by at least 10 percent to 30 percent without giving away hundreds of millions in revenue to Camelot at the expense of our seniors,” Dave Fillman, executive director of AFSCME Council 13, said.
A Corbett administration official said it would consider the union’s proposal. It has received no other bids.
Nearly one-third of lottery employees — 70 of the 230 — would remain as state workers, a Revenue Department official said, adding that Camelot would be expected to hire most of the remaining 160.
The Corbett administration is making the move to increase lottery profits in anticipation of a rapidly growing senior population in Pennsylvania. Among other things, lottery proceeds help underwrite prescription drug costs for seniors.
“Twenty-five percent of the population will be over 60 by 2030,” Revenue Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Brassell said.
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