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Corbett Optimistic Legislative Support for Lottery Privatization is Growing

Gov. Tom Corbett is optimistic that legislative support for privatizing the state lottery is growing.

For the first time in more than a year, the Corbett administration has no obligation to a British firm that bid on a deal to manage the Pennsylvania Lottery.

The bid from Camelot Global Services expired at the end of 2013.

But Corbett says state lawmakers are still in talks over legislation to allow lottery privatization.

"Nothing’s public," he said. "There’s more discussion and I think there’s more look at getting more funds into Pennsylvania.

The governor’s plans to outsource the lottery’s management were stymied when the state attorney general rejected a contract last year.

Last month, Senate Republicans began considering a measure that would pave the way for privatization and allow the expansion of lottery games.

The Senate GOP majority leader suggested hearings might be held on the measure later this month.