Pennsylvania Lottery bid extended until Jan. 10

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HARRISBURG -- State officials now have until Jan. 10 to decide whether to hire a private manager for the Pennsylvania Lottery after a bid deadline was extended this morning.

A proposal from Camelot Global Services PA LLC to operate the state lottery was set to expire at midnight tonight. Gov. Tom Corbett's administration and the Britain-based company agreed to push back that deadline by 10 days.

A statement from the Department of Revenue, which oversees the state lottery, said the extension would allow unionized lottery employees to present their counter-proposal by Jan. 8, and for an outside firm to complete its background report on Camelot.

The new deadline for deciding whether to hire a private management company is four days before a scheduled Senate committee hearing on the proposal.

Camelot submitted the sole bid for a 20- to 30-year contract to run the state's lottery. The company has promised to boost profits by adding games like keno, expanding the number of retailers, and broadening the demographics of those purchasing lottery tickets.

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Harrisburg bureau chief Laura Olson: lolson@post-gazette.com or 717-787-4254.


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