Gov. Tom Corbett is ending his pursuit of the operator of the British national lottery to run the Pennsylvania Lottery in a privatization deal.
The Mega Millions lottery is heading for record territory with officials projecting a spike in sales between now and Tuesday night’s drawing – boosting the jackpot well beyond half-a-billion dollars.
One of the largest jackpots in U.S. lottery history climbed even higher Saturday after no ticket matched all six numbers to win the $425 million top Mega Millions prize.
Earlier this year, the attorney general ruled that Governor Corbett did not have the authority to hire a private Lottery manager so now talks are underway for legislation that would allow it.
It appears that Governor Corbett’s efforts to contract a private firm to manage the Pennsylvania Lottery are heating up.
A jackpot winning Pennsylvania Cash 5 ticket worth $700,000 was sold in Northampton County on Wednesday, October 30th.
Despite blistering criticism from state Democrats, Governor Corbett has decided to once again extend the bid by a British-based firm to manage the Pennsylvania Lottery.
Treasurer Rob McCord says there’s no reason for the Corbett administration to move forward with the privatization effort, especially after Attorney General Kathleen Kane rejected the contract as illegal back in February.
Lottery officials have announced on the Powerball website that no ticket has matched all Saturday’s numbers drawn for that game’s giant jackpot, which now swells to an estimated $400 million or a $223.6 million cash-option value.
There was a big Powerball jackpot at stake in Saturday’s drawing, and plenty of people were buying tickets for their chance at a life-changing amount of money.
Though no one hit the massive Powerball jackpot Saturday night, which now stands at $400 million, one lucky individual who bought a ticket at a Bucks County convenience store is $1 million richer.
Sales were up more than six-percent — almost $219-million. However, profits were up by just a fraction of that amount – only $6-million.
The Pennsylvania Lottery once again set records for sales and profits in the fiscal year just ended, but there’s a big difference in the numbers for both categories.
Still no clue as to who holds the winning Powerball ticket with a cash value of more than $77 million, sold in South Philadelphia for the June 22nd drawing.
Lottery officials say the lone jackpot-winning Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 ticket worth $500,000 was sold in Philadelphia.