Gaming Control Board to look into effects of lottery privatization

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Feb 23, 2013 7:47 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The head of the state Gaming Control Board says he needs more time to find out whether a proposed lottery privatization will conflict with his board's authority.

During a recent budget hearing, gaming board chairman Bill Ryan says his staff will study the situation before he can answer lawmakers' questions.

"It's the job of the gaming board to regulate casinos. We have nothing to do with the lottery. Department of Revenue, the Lottery Commission, handles that part," Ryan says. "I would have to know a lot more than that statement to give you an intelligent answer."

Attorney General Kathleen Kane rejected Governor Corbett's contract with the British firm Camelot Global Services to take over the lottery's operations.

Her office did so on the grounds it violated the state constitution and state law.

The Corbett administration has returned Camelot’s $50 million security payment and has extended the firm's bid through March 18.

A Department of Revenue spokeswoman says the administration has a March 16 deadline to appeal Kane's decision in court.

Lawmakers are also considering the definition of keno, an electronic game that would be part of the lottery under the privatization plan.

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