Challenges to Pa. Lottery Plan Mount for Corbett

Gov. Corbett considers delaying deadline to accept privatization offer

By Marc Levy
|  Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012  |  Updated 5:30 PM EDT
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Challenges to Pa. Lottery Plan Mount for Corbett

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State officials say Gov. Tom Corbett is considering delaying a Dec. 31 deadline to decide on whether to accept a British firm's bid to take over management of the Pennsylvania Lottery.

Secretary of Revenue Daniel Meuser said Tuesday the governor would be willing to postpone it, if that's what it takes to answer questions about the move and allow unionized employees time to offer a competitive alternative.

Camelot Global Services is promising to produce lottery profits of $34 billion over 20 years to manage the Pennsylvania Lottery.

But Corbett faces a lawsuit challenging his authority to award the contract and expand the scope of lottery gambling. And state Treasurer Rob McCord says he may not authorize payments to Camelot unless its plans to expand lottery gambling are clearly legal.

 


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