Pennsylvania law could prohibit treasurer from paying private lottery firm

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HARRISBURG -- Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord said he will withhold payments from a private lottery operator unless he's satisfied that its plans to expand lottery gambling are specifically authorized by state law.

McCord's statement today could be a blow to Gov. Tom Corbett's plans to possibly hire Britain-based Camelot Global Services to manage one of the nation's biggest lotteries.

Camelot Global Services is the sole bidder for the contract.

But Mr. McCord said the draft private management agreement is vague on what kinds of gambling expansion Camelot would pursue.

He said some types of expanded gambling could require approval from the state Legislature or the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Mr. McCord said his office could be legally barred from making payments of public money to the contractor without such authorizations.

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