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Corbett abandons extensions for private lottery management plans

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Gov. Tom Corbett's administration has given up on extensions for a plan for a private firm to manage the Pennsylvania Lottery, his office said today.

The administration had previously said a contract with Camelot Global Services PA LLC offered an additional $3 billion to $4.5 billion for senior programs, which the lottery supports, over a 20-year period.

The state announced more than a year ago it had a sole bid on the table from Camelot after months of deliberations, which upset lawmakers and officials who felt the process has lacked transparency.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane said in early 2013 the governor couldn’t decide to have a private company run the state’s lottery.

“Our continued goal is to ensure a growing, predictable revenue stream for senior programs to meet the growing demand, and we will continue to work with all stakeholders and interested parties to explore new ways to harness market resources to enhance our Lottery’s continued success,” Corbett said in a statement released today.

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