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Inquirer slams Corbett for outsourcing lottery

Gov. Corbett’s zeal to privatize management of the Pennsylvania Lottery raises more doubts about the deal, even as it increases the likelihood that the state will needlessly hand over the hugely profitable games – and a share of the winnings – to a British firm.

Corbett’s decision, announced Friday, to let sole-bidder Camelot Global Services PA take over the 41-year-old lottery was a snub to Harrisburg lawmakers, inasmuch as the Republican-controlled legislature was poised to bring the first real public oversight to the deal.

In doing so, Corbett is reinforcing the impression – whether true or not – that the arrangement he negotiated behind the scenes with Camelot would not stand up very well under close scrutiny.

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