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Pa. in talks to extend lottery bid deadline

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Gov. Tom Corbett's administration and a British firm say they're talking about extending a deadline to decide on the company's bid on a 20- to 30-year contract to manage the Pennsylvania Lottery.

Spokeswomen for the Department of Revenue and Camelot Global Services confirmed the discussions Wednesday, but said they couldn't comment further. The bid was set to expire Dec. 31.

The firm runs the national lottery in the United Kingdom. It submitted the sole bid to manage Pennsylvania's $3.5 billion lottery system, one of the nation's largest.

Top aides to the governor said Tuesday that he'd be willing to delay the deadline, if necessary, to answer questions about the contract proposal and to allow unionized employees time to offer a competitive alternative, which is guaranteed in their contract.