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Pa. considering expanding lottery gambling

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Corbett's administration says it believes that expanding Pennsylvania Lottery gambling to keno and online games will be 1 of the best ways to produce more revenue.

The administration made the statement Friday. It continues to talk with companies about privatizing the management of the $3.5 billion lottery system under a 20-year agreement.

Corbett's administration is keeping secret which companies it is talking with. In April, it issued a request for qualifications from interested companies. Lottery sales increased last fiscal year by 8.5% and opponents of privatization question why Corbett would want to pay a private company when sales are already increasing steadily.

After prizes and expenses are paid, the money supports programs for the elderly, including transit, prescription drugs, senior centers and long-term care services.

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