Gov. Tom Corbett said the state budget plan he'll present to lawmakers next month will contain an additional $50 million to improve programs for senior citizens.
At a news conference at a senior center in Hershey on Thursday, Corbett said the money will come from an increase in Pennsylvania Lottery revenue that's expected from a British company's takeover of lottery management.
The money, Corbett said, will allow more seniors to receive in-home services and shrink the waiting list of seniors who need services to remain in their homes.
"Our state’s fast-growing population of seniors demands that we act now to ensure the continued strength and viability of programs supporting older Pennsylvanians,"
Corbett said. "This is about providing for and protecting seniors, and nothing else."
Corbett's administration has finalized a 20-year contract to hire British lottery operator Camelot Global Services to manage the state-owned lottery.
The additional $50 million in the upcoming budget proposal, Corbett said, will include $21 million for the aging waiver program, which provides in-home service to 28,000 seniors over age 60 who are clinically and financially vulnerable; and $20 million for the OPTIONS program, which provides care management, home-delivered meals and in-home services for individuals age 60 and older.
Camelot said it plans to achieve the higher profit levels by expanding the player base in Pennsylvania through marketing changes, retail expansion, enhancement of
the retail experience and exploration of a rebalanced lottery game product portfolio.
"The Pennsylvania Lottery is one of the best lotteries in the country, without a doubt,” Corbett said. "We’ve come up with a win-win scenario where we combine one of the nation’s best lotteries with one of the best private-sector lottery industry experts in the world to grow and protect Lottery profits for decades to come."
Democrats have criticized Corbett's deal with Camelot, saying it will divert hundreds of millions of dollars away from senior services.
The attorney general's office received the paperwork Wednesday night and has 30 days to review its form and legality.