For more info on taking action on this and other social issues, check out United Methodist Advocacy in Pennsylvania.
Gov. Tom Corbett is seeking
to expand gambling in Pennsylvania by bringing Keno to bars, restaurants and
other places that now sell lottery products.
Keno is a fast-paced,
addictive game played on terminals similar to the video poker terminals his predecessor,
Gov. Ed Rendell wanted, but failed to bring to restaurants and taverns across
Join the effort to block expansion of the Lottery.
Click here to tell your
legislator you oppose more gambling in Pennsylvania.
Click here to tell Gov. Corbett
that expanding the lottery in any way is a bad bet for Pennsylvania.
The chance to bring Keno to Pennsylvania is a driving force behind the governor's
recent agreement to transfer operation of the lottery to a Camelot Global
Services, a British company owned by the Ontario Public Teachers Pension Plan.
Under that agreement - negotiated in private and signed with minimal
input from outside the Administration - Camelot would run the lottery for 20
As United Methodists we believe this contract - giving Camelot
the opportunity to expand gambling in Pennsylvania - is a bad idea. The United
Methodist Church has long opposed gambling, including the lottery, in
Camelot promises to bring in more than $34 billion
to the Commonwealth over the 20-year term of the contract. It plans to do that
by introducing Keno, one of the most addictive forms of gambling, to
Pennsylvania. Click here to see official United
Methodist positions on gambling.
Keno is a fast-paced game that
would be available at bars and other places that sell Lottery tickets. Much
different than other lottery games, Keno is played on a video-type terminal and
with flashing lights and sounds, offers results very quickly. It's nothing more
than a plan to draw more people into the trap of gambling and gambling
Some experts compare Keno to video poker in its ability to
move players from enjoyment to a family-destructing
United Methodists historically oppose gambling in any
form. Our Social Principles declare
gambling "is a menace to society, deadly to the best interests of moral, social,
economic, and spiritual life."
No matter how lofty the goal of
government-sponsored gambling, we believe it is destructive of good government.
Government-sponsored gambling targets persons who are least able
to afford taking chances on schemes with virtually no probability of "hitting
the big jackpot."
A bipartisan group of House and Senate
members are questioning the contract and the process by which it was approved.
By the time it was approved, Camelot was the sole bidder. The contract is now
before Attorney General Katherine Kane for her review on its
Please contact your legislators to urge them to question - and
oppose - this contract. Privatizing the lottery - if we have to have a lottery
at all - is a bad idea. Click here to contact your legislator.
governor's plan is one more attempt to expand gambling in a state that is
already saturated by state-supported gambling. Urge them to do what they can to
kill this contract and move to limit gambling in any form in Pennsylvania.