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Treasurer McCord Disputes Legality of Lottery Expansion By Globenewswire

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lacking a precise description of the types of gaming to be deployed on video lottery terminals, it is currently impossible to determine whether such an expansion of the lottery under a private management agreement would be lawful, State Treasurer Rob McCord said today.

McCord wrote to Secretary of Revenue Daniel Meuser, responding to a December 28 letter in which the secretary contended that the state lottery law already gives his agency the right to introduce video gaming devices to Pennsylvania.

McCord pointed out, however, that Secretary Meuser's letter stopped short of providing a clear description of the monitor or terminal games being planned. The Corbett administration is considering a contract to turn management of the state lottery over to a private company, the British firm Camelot Gaming. Camelot in turn has promised to increase lottery proceeds, based largely on an expansion into new types of games that McCord believes might require legislative authorization.

"In fact, there is substantial doubt the use or operation of 'monitor-based games' and 'Internet gaming,' as identified in your letter, are authorized by state law," McCord wrote.

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