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Lottery Announcement Still Leaves Questions About Money Spent on Consultants

December 31, 2013 Don Rooney
HARRISBURG- The Governor's announcement that Pennsylvania will not continue efforts to outsource management of the state lottery leaves one state Senator with questions about lottery funds that have been spent on consultants. 

In a letter sent to Gov. Corbett last week, Sen. Stack said Lottery funds spent on lawyers and consultants could have paid for 750,000 visits from Meals on Wheels volunteers at a time when senior nutrition programs are faced drastic federal budget cuts. When federal sequestration cuts went into effect last spring, it took millions of federal dollars from key nutrition programs for seniors, including Meals on Wheels. A few weeks later, according to a recent report by the Auditor General, the administration expanded the legal services contract for consultant DLA Piper from $375,000 to $2.4 million with money from the lottery operating fund. As senior centers and volunteer organizations were struggling to deal with the sequestration, the lottery funds promised to DLA Piper was expanded eight-fold. On average, a home-delivered meal through Meals on Wheels costs $6, Stack noted. The more than $4.5 million already promised to lawyers and consultants would have delivered more than 750,000 meals.

Senator Yudichak says privatizing the lottery would have meant a loss of jobs as well as a loss of programs for seniors. He's happy control of the lottery will stay in Pennsylvania's hands.

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