Gov. Corbett extends Lottery bid another 2 months

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 29, 2013 4:15 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Governor Corbett's keeping his option alive for at least two more months to hire a private manager for the $3.7 billion Pennsylvania Lottery.

The administration said Tuesday that the British national lottery operator, Camelot Global Services, agreed to extend the company's bid through December 31st.

Corbett began searching for a private manager in April 2012, but Attorney General Kathleen Kane rejected the contract with his eventual choice, Camelot, as illegal.

Corbett hasn't said whether he's asking state lawmakers for help or whether he'll resubmit the contract to Kane.

Corbett says Camelot can provide higher and more stable lottery profits than the current public management to meet growing demand for services for the elderly.

Critics say it'd just allow Camelot to divert hundreds of millions of dollars to itself.

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