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Treasurer McCord Issues Statement on Attorney General's Rejection of Lottery Management Contract

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- State Treasurer Rob McCord issued the following statement on Attorney General Kathleen Kane's announcement today that she would not approve the Corbett Administration's contract to turn management of the Pennsylvania Lottery over to a private company:

"I commend the Attorney General for her independent review and subsequent rejection of the administration's attempt to expand gambling through the state contracting process.

"The administration was repeatedly warned, as early as last year, that the proposed contract would permit new forms of gambling not currently authorized by the Legislature and not regulated by the Gaming Control Board.

"Expanding the Lottery is a policy decision that should include the General Assembly, not be done through a closed-door contracting process. Beyond the legal issues, this proposal also raised serious questions about how best to serve seniors efficiently with the programs that the Lottery pays for."

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Source: Pennsylvania Treasury