Republicans want online gambling off the table in PA Lottery deal

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 22, 2013 4:05 PM

(Harrisburg) -- The state's top Republican senators are asking Governor Corbett to make it clear that the privately run Pennsylvania Lottery won't be able to compete with casinos through online gambling.


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Senators Joe Scarnati, Dominic Pileggi and Pat Browne wrote to Corbett last week. Casino owners have been quiet about Corbett's plans for the lottery to expand the scope of its gambling offerings in Pennsylvania.

But the senators now say they want the private manager's contract rewritten to prohibit interactive video games or simulated slot machines or table games, even if there aren't plans for such games.

The Corbett administration has finalized a 20- to 30-year contract with British lottery operator Camelot Global Services to manage the state-owned lottery. An administration spokeswoman had no immediate comment on the letter Tuesday.

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