Corbett calls for extension for Lottery privatization bid

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 16, 2013 8:36 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Governor Corbett's administration wants a British firm to extend its bid to manage the $3.5 billion Pennsylvania Lottery now that Attorney General Kathleen Kane rejected the contract.  

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Department of Revenue spokeswoman Elizabeth Brassell said the administration is confident it'll be able to negotiate a short-term extension before the bid's expiration at 5 p.m. Saturday.

She says the extension would give both the administration and Camelot Global Services time to determine their next step.

Kane says she won't approve the 20- to 30-year contract with Camelot because elements of it conflict with the state constitution and state lottery law.

Corbett can challenge Kane's decision in court. The contract's legality is also being challenged in court by Democratic lawmakers and the union that represents lottery employees.

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