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Privatize Pa. Lottery? Voters Say No

Could privatizing the lottery mean fewer people will play?

Pennsylvanians do not want their lottery to be privatized, as Gov. Tom Corbett is proposing, according to a new Franklin & Marshall College Poll.

The poll found that 47 percent of those polled strongly opposed the privatization with 17 somewhat opposing it. Only 7 percent were strongly in favor with 11 percent being somewhat in favor of the move.

Most people polled, 75 percent, said they would play the lottery about the same amount as they do now if it were privatized, but a not insignificant number of people, 19 said they would play less frequently.

The Franklin & Marshall College Poll interviewed 622 Pennsylvania voters between January 29 and February 3. The margin of error is reported as plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

A recent editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer pointed out that although lotteries as natural candidates for privatization that it is hard to make the decision with so little input from the public.

What do you think? Should the Pennsylvania Lottery be privatized? Share your opinions in the comments area below.

The American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, filed a lawsuit to stop the privatization. Some state lawmakers, lottery employees and others joined in the lawsuit. Other lawmakers, including state Rep. Mark Painter (D-Montgomery) have signed a friend of the court, or amicus brief, according to a release from Painter’s office.

"It was really a shock for me as a newly elected legislator," said Painter in the news release. "The governor took it upon himself to sign away control of the lottery without even consulting with those who represent the people who will be most affected."

The lawsuit claims that the governor does not have the authority to privatize the lottery without approval from the legislature.

JEFFREY February 11, 2013 at 03:43 AM
Good comeback, Kim.
JEFFREY February 11, 2013 at 03:58 AM
You're too kind and generous. You gave him a 20% rating. I give him a 10% rating at best.
JEFFREY February 11, 2013 at 04:03 AM
Nazaretti, I'm glad you determined what's good for everyone else. You're intitled to your opinion of course, no matter how assinine it is.
Mike Shortall Sr February 11, 2013 at 05:28 AM
A couple of unemotional points to consider ... 1. Camelot is contractually guaranteeing to DOUBLE Pennsylvania profits by 2033. Raising $34 billion in the 20-year span of the proposed agreement. The State has raised only $22.6 billion in its entire 40 year existence. 2. Profit commitments will be backed by $200 million in cash collateral. 3. Since the lottery will remain active - even more so - as Camelot plans to grow the program, employment of Pennsylvanians would HAVE to continue. And obviously, Pennsylvanians, who do the REAL work behind the lottery program, would still be needed. Some redundant management positions would be lost initially. So all the accusations of lost jobs and disappearing pensions is a bit overdramatic. 4. Nobody ever holds a gun to anyone's head forcing them to play lottery games or to walk into a casino, be they rich, poor or somewhere in the middle. If this is how people want to spend their money, as they do on booze, why wouldn't you want that money to stay HERE rather go to some other State? 5. There is no plan that I have heard to reduce the support to PA seniors that the lottery currently provides. Has anyone else heard otherwise? I'm no expert on the gaming industry, and only play maybe $40-50 a month on Powerball and MegaMillion dreams. But it sure would be difficult to turn down such a guaranteed revenue stream, don't you think?
Joe Joe JoeyJoe February 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM
Anyone who wants to support privitazation of the lottery is crazy. Outsourcing Pennsylvania jobs to a foreign company is un-American. Camelot will run away the second it's time to pay the fiddler.

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