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Anti-gambling Pa. lawmaker voices lottery privatization concerns

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Published On: Dec 24 2012 06:42:20 AM CST

Pa Lottery

HARRISBURG, Pa. -

A key anti-gambling state legislator is cautioning Gov. Tom Corbett against accepting a bid from a British firm to manage the $3.5 billion Pennsylvania Lottery without addressing lawmakers' concerns.

Bucks County Rep. Paul Clymer wrote to Corbett on Thursday. The letter was obtained by The Associated Press.

Until now, Republicans have been largely quiet about Corbett's exploration of hiring Camelot Global Services as a private lottery manager.

Clymer says he's concerned Camelot will usher in a gambling expansion that could further hurt families.

Clymer also says such a gambling expansion require lawmakers' approval.

Administration officials say they have the authority to expand lottery gambling, and Corbett says he'll only hire Camelot if he believes the company can bring in more lottery profit than the state employees who currently run it.