The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 9, 2013

State treasurer repeats warning on lottery plans

Associated Press

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett’s exploration of hiring a British firm to run the Pennsylvania Lottery continues to run into resistance from state Treasurer Rob McCord.

McCord said Wednesday that the Corbett administration has failed to give a clear description of Camelot Global Services’ plans to expand lottery gambling, and he questioned whether it is authorized by state law.

As a result, McCord reiterated his threat to withhold payments to Camelot under a business plan that involves the operation of monitor- or video-based games.

The Department of Revenue says plans to introduce keno in bars and restaurants fall under the lottery’s legal authority to operate terminal-based games.

It says it doesn’t include video poker or require lawmakers’ approval.


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