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British Firm Extends Its Bid to Manage PA Lotto

An extension filed through Friday will allow Corbett more time to consider options.

Gov. Tom Corbett's chance to accept a bid from a British firm to manage the Pennyslvania lottery was about to run out. Had it not extended its offer, the firm's $3.5-billion bid would have expired Saturday at 5 p.m.

According to 6ABC, a "top budget aide to Gov. Tom Corbett" has announced the extension. The extra time is designed to allow Corbett's office more time to consider options.

The changes come on the heels of last week's announcement by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane who rejected Corbett' initial plan.

"It is our duty to defend and protect the Constitution of our Commonwealth and that is what our office has done by declining this contract," Kane said on Friday. 

"She said the contract infringes on the Legislature's power to make policy decisions regarding the Lottery, provides for keno games which aren't authorized under the lottery act and usurps authority of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board," said the website, StandardSpeaker.com.

The deal is now back on the table, according to ABC, who said the British firm known as "Camelot," will now wait through Feb. 22 for a response.

"Executive Deputy Budget Secretary Peter Tartline says the bid from Camelot Global Services that was scheduled to expire Saturday has been extended through Friday [Feb. 22]," said 6ABC's website.

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette said the extension allows time for Corbett to determine a "Plan B."

"The extension would preserve the validity of their bid and allow some time for the commonwealth and for Camelot to assess the situation and determine what next steps would be appropriate," Department of Revenue spokeswoman Elizabeth Brassell said to the Gazette last week.

NBC10 reports that the state will have until Friday, Feb. 22 to consider those options.

The time will be used for "the administration [to mull] over how it will respond to the state attorney general rejecting the deal," said NBC.

According to the Gazette, one option would be an appeal.

"A determination by the attorney general can be appealed to the Commonwealth Court," said its article.

Donna Picotta February 17, 2013 at 11:24 PM
The "Gov" is gonna need to win the lottery to earn enough $$ to get him out of the slammer for the Sandusky case! Might as well support America!!
Mike Lee February 17, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Yes get rid of a money maker like the lottery and the state stores. He cut the educational funding. Now will get a bump. But where will the money come from after that? Oh yeah taxes
Adam Young February 18, 2013 at 03:19 AM
Corbett is just lining his pockets with these illegal deals so they can pave the way to a nice, early retirement.................at our expense.
Jeff Lugar February 18, 2013 at 11:53 AM
He's already 63 and can surely already afford to retire if he wishes.
Newt Malerman February 18, 2013 at 11:54 AM
Hard to understand why the Gov is privatizing a very successful lottery, while refusing to tax the shale extraction industry. These actions in no way are for the benefit of Pennsylvanians.
AMW February 18, 2013 at 05:30 PM
The lottery is profit making and helps our state's senior citizens. Why would Corbett want to farm this out to anyone else? If the lottery goes to a private firm they will take profits from it that could benefit PA. Wonder how much of a kick back Corbett would get from this deal?
concerned citizen February 19, 2013 at 05:42 AM
Bloody hell!! The redcoats are coming!! The redcoats are coming!! call george we need his advice!!
Pat February 19, 2013 at 07:04 AM
At a time when outsourcing is such a sensitive issue Corbett proposes to outsource something that no one has a problem with to begin with. I agree - he does not give a fig about Pennsylvanians. It is very difficult to discern any motivation behind this proposal other than lining his own pockets.
Nick February 19, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Sadly Newt it isn't hard to understand at all. Corbett's political is being financed by the shale extraction industry. Check his largest campaign donors back to his days as AG. Corbett is a bought man.
Stop the madness February 19, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Slick Eddy Rendell is behind this British Lottery company. Corbett is taking care of Eddy so that when Corbett leaves office the favor will be returned. Rendell is a used car salesman. Philly and the State of PA bought into his BS and now he's sailing down the river of cash. You get what you vote for you dopes.
Smedley February 19, 2013 at 02:30 PM
AMW what percentage of the proceeds go to benefit senior citizens? I would bet a small percentage. The majority of money goes into the general fund which they spend on whatever they want. The state wins every day. Even if you win the million you won't even get half. It's funny the feds goes so far as make advertising icons like the Marboro Man and Joe Camel illegal but the state can use a talking groundhog to get people to buy lottery tickets. It's a shame the amount of people that spend their hard earned money on a losing proposition.
Mike Shortall Sr February 19, 2013 at 03:44 PM
No one's "getting rid" of the lottery. Camelot is guaranteeing $34 billion over 20 years, where the State has realized a TOTAL of $22.5 billion in the lottery's entire 40-year existence. The revenue still flows into the State's Treasury. It's not becoming Camelot's to keep!
Mike Shortall Sr February 19, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Please explain how the Governor will be "lining his pockets" in this deal. This is information we should all have (assuming of course that it exists).
Mike Shortall Sr February 19, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Pat ... Please share with us the information you have on Corbett's personal financial interests in the Camelot deal. Don't hide such information from the rest of us!
Please Answer Republicans February 19, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Corbett offers little details of how this deal with a foriegn company will benefit PA more than just a few years. Independent studies have shown increased profits would only happen if Camelot is allowed to sell us online gaming which is illegal in PA? The initial boost of profit would only be a few years- then PA could make less and have BIG fees to pay to Camelot. Read the contract it is written with no real promise of increased income on a long term basis-yet Camelot still gets paid! Sure they have a clause we could get out after 3 years but the damage would be done and nobody will want to mess with it by then!!!! So it is leaving most people in PA scratching their heads.... WHAT IS CORBETT'S real motive here? Why take such a bad investment for the future of PA?
Please Answer Republicans February 19, 2013 at 04:59 PM
MIKE SHORTFALL lives near the RIVER DENIAL! Adam Young You are on to something that is a real possibility and even if we have no hard evidence of Corbett lining his pockets...you gotta wonder why do such a bad investment?
Phillyboy February 19, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Listen to Mike Shortall...The voice of reason. Nothing is happening to the Lottery. You may not like Corbett but none of you have any credible evidence against your accusations of the Governor. Now Fast Eddie is another story, We can look back on his tenure as Governor and point to some real indiscretions like taking 1 Billion out of educational budget and supporting his liberal causes. This forced the Republicans to backfill the budget when the Federal stimulus went away and the democrats blamed the republicans for cutting the funds for education.which was completely untrue. Pretty slick but the truth has come out.
Dogman February 19, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Couldn't reply to Smedley but the answer is 100%. All of the proceeds of the PA Lottery go to programs benefiting Senior Citizens. Nothing goes to the General Fund
Smedley February 19, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Dogman let us see an accounting of where the money goes.
Mike Shortall Sr February 19, 2013 at 10:27 PM
"No hard evidence ..." and I'm the one living near DeNial?!? Enjoy your swim!

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