The Corbett administration has let a private firm’s bid to manage the Pennsylvania Lottery expire, but that doesn’t mean the governor feels down on his luck about privatizing the enterprise eventually.
State senators last month began considering legislation that would allow the governor’s plans to advance — an expansion of lottery games and the privatization of the lottery’s management.
There was no vote on the measure, but Gov. Tom Corbett said he thinks support is growing for the idea.
“And our efforts, in the very beginning, are still focused on the long-term sustainability of the lottery on behalf of the citizens, the senior citizens, of Pennsylvania, and bringing greater stability and a better source of stability than just the fluctuations of people going out and buying the tickets,” he said Friday.
The big lure of privatization for the administration has been that a private company could promise certain revenue growth year after year.
Last year, the lottery’s revenue grew by less than 1 percent.
The Senate GOP Majority Leader has said the issue will likely be taken up again this month, with hearings.