State Treasurer Rob McCord applied a much-needed brake Wednesday to the Corbett administration’s plans for expanded gambling through the Pennsylvania Lottery. Lawmakers should use the time that the treasurer has bought to examine the legality and wisdom of the proposal.
The governor wants to hire a private manager for the lottery not only to operate it but to expand it. The sole bidder is Camelot Global Services of the United Kingdom. Part of its expansion proposal includes online gambling, including a keno game that would be played multiple times a day.
Some lawmakers from both parties have questioned whether the administration can expand the lottery without legislative approval.