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House Democrats Concerned Over Corbett’s Plans For Future Of PA Lottery

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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Minority Democrats in the Pennsylvania legislature say Governor Tom Corbett needs to be more open about his effort to privatize the management of the state Lottery, something they continue to insist is a bad idea.

In particular, Philadelphia’s Vincent Hughes, ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, says the governor is out of bounds if he intends to pursue the addition of Internet and Keno-type games to the Lottery’s portfolio, something Corbett has said is on the table as the administration explores privatizing Lottery management.

“He needs to come to the General Assembly first to talk about expansion of gaming in Pennsylvania,” Hughes says. “We’ve got some very significant concerns about this whole privatization of the (Lottery). The numbers don’t add up.”

The Corbett administration is currently reviewing a proposal from a British firm that runs the national lottery in the United Kingdom. Camelot Global Services is pledging to generate more than $34-billion dollars in profits over 20 years if it gets a contract to manage Pennsylvania’s Lottery.

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