The Corbett administration is considering allowing online keno gambling and other online games as part of a plan to privatize administration of the Pennsylvania Lottery.
A spokesman for Governor Tom Corbett said he has the authority to greenlight such games without legislative approval. Attorneys with the party caucuses in the state House of Representatives and Senate said they disagree, arguing that Corbett needs the consent of the General Assembly to allow the games.
When recently asked about the online games, Corbett said the ideas “were on the table.” His remarks came with the administration’s announcement that it has set terms for a private management agreement for the lottery. The Department of Revenue currently runs the lottery. Key terms of the agreement include:
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