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Capitol reporter Mary Wilson covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

State senators asked Corbett for "restated" contract with Camelot

Written by Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief | Jan 22, 2013 6:24 PM
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Pennsylvania Lottery instant play games in a machine at a supermarket in Silver Spring Twp., Cumberland Co.

The top Republican leaders in the state Senate have urged Gov. Corbett to rewrite a contract with Camelot Global Services, the British firm that recently won a bid on the operations of the Pennsylvania Lottery.

In a letter dated January 16, the day the contract was signed, the senators ask that the agreement be “restated” to clarify Camelot’s planned expansion of gambling will not include “interactive video games or simulated slots or table games as defined in the gaming law.” They say such an expansion would have an impact on Pennsylvania’s casinos.

Camelot executives have testified before the state Senate that their business plan for the Pennsylvania Lottery would include adding keno games played at video terminals, as well as online games after the first five years of the contract.

The senators end the letter by writing that they are considering a “more comprehensive and permanent statutory solution in order to clarify that these types of games will be prohibited in the future.”

Casinos have not been making their voices heard on the potential expansion of the Pennsylvania Lottery to include games like keno. One gaming veteran said it’s because casinos don’t buy the idea that they’re going to lose slots customers to keno.

“We just don’t see the impact on casinos being that great at all because it really is a different kind of experience,” said Sal Scheri, president of WhiteSand Gaming, and former president of Valley Forge Casino in Montgomery County.

“The games are not offered in a casino environment, they’re offered in very different areas, you know, perhaps a bar or a pub or a tavern,” Scheri added. “There’s not hundreds of thousands of them, there’s usually just a few.”

Read the full letter below:

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