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January 7, 1986
I feel that Sens. Arlen Specter and John Heinz have good reasons for spending so much money on newsletters serving "we the people. " It makes more sense to me to have newsletters. I feel The Inquirer should publish more on the laws passed by the Congress. I have also urged the senators to support a national lottery. A nine-digit game with payout of $125 million would compete against the mob. No bookie could pay those odds. I feel I could afford to contribute a few dollars a week to the national lottery.
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May 19, 1987 | New York Daily News
Treasury Secretary James A. Baker said yesterday that the Reagan administration is considering a national lottery to reduce the federal budget deficit but indicated he personally has some misgivings about the idea on moral grounds. "It is, after all, gambling," he said. "And it does, after all, fall to some extent . . . on people least able to pay. " In an interview, Baker said the Treasury launched its study of a U.S.-sponsored lottery "without in any way endorsing it or embracing it" as part of a search for new revenue sources, short of tax increases, to meet revised budget figures that appear to be much higher than originally forecast.
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December 28, 2012
HARRISBURG - Corbett administration officials say they are willing to appear before a Senate Finance Committee hearing on a proposal to hire a company to manage the $3.5 billion Pennsylvania Lottery. A spokeswoman for Gov. Corbett's Department of Revenue said Thursday that officials would be happy to answer questions in any format. The hearing was set for Jan. 14. Monday is the deadline for the Corbett administration to decide on a British lottery operator's sole bid to manage the lottery system on a 20- to 30-year contract, but talks are under way to postpone that.
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January 11, 2013
The Corbett administration has again extended the deadline for considering a British company's bid to manage the Pennsylvania Lottery. The bid from Camelot Global Services, set to expire Thursday, was extended by one day, administration officials announced. But they said both the bidder and the state would work Friday to craft yet another extension. On Monday, a state Senate committee is to hold hearings on privatizing the lottery. Several lawmakers and others have questioned whether the administration could make such a move without legislative approval.
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May 19, 1987 | New York Daily News
Treasury Secretary James A. Baker said yesterday that the Reagan administration is considering a national lottery to reduce the federal budget deficit but indicated he personally has some moral misgivings about the idea. "It is, after all, gambling," he said. "And it does, after all, fall to some extent . . . on people least able to pay. " In an interview, Baker said the Treasury launched its study of a U.S.-sponsored lottery "without in any way endorsing it or embracing it" as part of a search for new revenue sources, short of tax increases, to meet revised budget figures that appear to be much higher than originally forecast.
NEWS
January 15, 1994
NATIONAL LOTTERY I read Dec. 22 that the residents of Campello, Spain, won the national lottery to the tune of $227 million. Tickets cost $215. The lottery is run once a year. The winnings are tax-free, not like our greedy government in this country, which grabs taxes off the winners. In Spain, the taxes are taken out. Why doesn't our federal government have a national lottery, either once a month or once a year, like Spain? Almost every state has a lottery. Why not the federal government?
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January 6, 1996 | By Thomas J. Brady, with reports from Inquirer wire services
SPANISH TOWN NAMED LUCK KEEPS LIVING UP TO ITS NAME The small Spanish town of Sort has lived up to its name - again. Sort means "luck" in the Catalan language spoken there, and residents were celebrating yesterday after striking it big in a national lottery for the second time in three years. The winning number in the Ni no (Holy Child) lottery, the second of Spain's two big holiday drawings, was sold in Sort - showering $56.4 million on ticket buyers. The same thing happened in 1994, providing an $82.6 million windfall to the lucky.
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December 31, 1993 | Daily News wire services
LONDON CONSERVATIVES DON'T CHEAT MORE The chairman of Britain's ruling Conservative Party denied yesterday that its politicians were more prone to adultery than members of parliament from the opposition Labor party. "There is no proof that there are more extramarital affairs on the Conservative than on the Labor side," Sir Norman Fowler told reporters. He was speaking after countryside minister Tim Yeo, a strong supporter of Prime Minister John Major's campaign for stronger values, revealed that he had fathered an illegitimate child.
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January 11, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
HARRISBURG - The Corbett administration has agreed to award a British firm a contract to privatize the management of the Pennsylvania Lottery. It is the administration's most aggressive foray to date into privatizing state government services. For months, Gov. Corbett has been working behind the scenes to bring in a private company to manage the lottery, which last fiscal year recorded more than $3.5 billion in sales and more than $1 billion in profits that went toward programs that benefit the state's senior citizens.
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February 23, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - The Corbett administration's embattled deal with a British firm to run the Pennsylvania Lottery will remain alive - at least for another three weeks. Administration officials announced Friday that Camelot Global Services has agreed to keep its bid valid through March 18th. The extension was necessary because state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, whose office reviews all state contracts, last week ruled that the lottery deal violates the state constitution. Among other things, Kane said that the contract with Camelot, which runs Britain's national lottery, usurps the authority of the legislature to regulate and manage the Pennsylvania's lottery.
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October 30, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - State Treasurer Rob McCord called on Gov. Corbett on Monday to scrap his bid to privatize management of the Pennsylvania Lottery, arguing that the administration has already spent almost $3.5 million on legal fees and consultants on a "misguided" effort. That number is bound to rise if the administration continues its quest to bring in the British firm Camelot Global Services to run the lottery, which helps fund programs for senior citizens, said McCord, a Democrat seeking to challenge Corbett in next year's election.
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August 1, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The Corbett administration's deal with a British firm to run the Pennsylvania Lottery will remain alive - at least for another month. Administration officials said Tuesday that Camelot Global Services had agreed to extend through Aug. 30 its bid to manage the lottery. Corbett's office has sought a series of extensions since state Attorney General Kathleen Kane ruled in February that the lottery deal violated the state constitution. Among other things, Kane said, lawyers on her staff had determined that the contract with Camelot, which runs Britain's national lottery, usurped the authority of the legislature to regulate and manage the Pennsylvania Lottery.
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March 17, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Rather than take the fight to court, the Corbett administration said Friday it would revise its contract with a British firm to privatize the management of the Pennsylvania Lottery. Gov. Corbett's deal with London-based Camelot Global Services was rejected last month by Attorney General Kathleen Kane, whose office reviews state contracts for legality. Kane said parts of the deal ran afoul of the state constitution. Corbett could have appealed - a move that could have tied the matter up in court for months, if not years - but will instead make changes to the contract, which he will then resubmit to Kane's office.
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March 14, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The Corbett administration is poised to revise its contract with Camelot Global Services in an effort to salvage its deal to privatize the management of the Pennsylvania Lottery. London-based Camelot's bid to run the lottery was rejected last month by Attorney General Kathleen Kane, whose office reviews all state contracts for legality. Kane ruled that parts of the deal violated the state constitution. Corbett, according to legislative leaders briefed on the matter, is leaning toward making changes in the contract, which he would then resubmit to Kane's office.
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February 25, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The Corbett administration's imperiled deal with a British firm to run the Pennsylvania Lottery will remain alive - at least for three more weeks. Administration officials announced Friday that Camelot Global Services had agreed to extend through March 18 its bid to manage the lottery. The extension was necessary because state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, whose office reviews all state contracts, last week ruled that the lottery deal violated the state constitution.
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February 23, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - The Corbett administration's embattled deal with a British firm to run the Pennsylvania Lottery will remain alive - at least for another three weeks. Administration officials announced Friday that Camelot Global Services has agreed to keep its bid valid through March 18th. The extension was necessary because state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, whose office reviews all state contracts, last week ruled that the lottery deal violates the state constitution. Among other things, Kane said that the contract with Camelot, which runs Britain's national lottery, usurps the authority of the legislature to regulate and manage the Pennsylvania's lottery.
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February 18, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
The Corbett administration persuaded a British firm to keep alive its bid to run the Pennsylvania Lottery past a Saturday expiration deadline, gaining time to try to overcome a ruling by the attorney general rejecting the privatization deal as unlawful. The firm has agreed to keep its bid valid until Friday, Elizabeth Brassell, spokeswoman for the state Revenue Department, which oversees the lottery, said Saturday evening. The two sides worked feverishly behind the scenes to negotiate the extension.
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February 17, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
  HARRISBURG - With one of Gov. Corbett's biggest initiatives hanging in the balance, top administration officials worked furiously Friday behind closed doors to keep alive their hopes of a lottery privatization deal with a British firm. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Revenue said the administration was negotiating with Camelot Global Services for a short-term extension of its bid to run the Pennsylvania Lottery. That bid is scheduled to expire Saturday. An extension would give Corbett time to figure out how to contend with the major setback dealt to lottery privatization efforts by state Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Thursday.
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