Pennsylvania currently operates the nation's sixth largest lottery. According to last year's Legislative Budget and Finance Committee Report on the Pennsylvania Lottery, annual sales rose from slightly less than $2 billion in 2001-02 to a record $3.4 billion in 2011-12—a mark that is expected to be surpassed again this year.Despite the record sales, recent changes to the allocation of lottery revenues have resulted in cutbacks in services such as home delivered meals, reductions of hours at Senior Centers and fewer transportation options for older Pennsylvanians. Landis said Pennsylvania is using lottery funding as a crutch to address runaway costs of nursing home care in the state Medicaid program.
Proposal To Privatize PA Lottery Must Protect And Enhance Funding For Neglected Programs Helping Older Pennsylvanians Remain At Home
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