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FORTUNE U.S.A./PITTSBURGH, LTD. ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING SUSPENSION OF OUT-OF-STATE LOTTERIES

 PITTSBURGH, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert Keller, vice president of Fortune U.S.A./Pittsburgh, Ltd., today issued a statement regarding the passage and signing of House Bill 559, suspending out-of-state lottery ticket receipt sales in Pennsylvania:
 "Yesterday evening, Gov. Casey signed House Bill 559 as amended, effectively suspending the sale of out-of-state lottery ticket receipts in Pennsylvania unless reciprocity with other state lotteries is established.
 "The relevant provisions of this new law will take effect in 60 days from today. During that time, the law allows the continued operation of out-of-state lottery machines. Consequently, Pennsylvanians may continue to purchase ticket receipts for lottery jackpots in a number of states across the country for at least the next 60 days.
 "Naturally, we are deeply disturbed by the actions of both the General Assembly and Gov. Casey. The evidence clearly shows that the opportunity to play out-of-state lotteries had a very positive effect on the Pennsylvania Lottery as they brought new customers to the ticket counters and created a substantial `spillover' effect for the Pennsylvania Lottery. If this law takes effect as planned, Pennsylvania's senior citizens, lottery players, and small business owners will all lose, simply because of the Lottery Commission's desire to protect `its turf.'
 "For that reason, Fortune U.S.A./Pittsburgh, Ltd. will petition the U.S. Third Circuit Court for an injunction against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the secretary of revenue until such time as this state law can be reviewed in federal court.
 "Meanwhile, Fortune U.S.A. is already engaged in active negotiations with a number of states to establish reciprocity agreements so that we may provide the Pennsylvania Lottery in other parts of the country. However, these negotiations will take some time to complete. During that time, we remain committed to making ourselves available to the Lottery Commission and secretary of revenue in the hope of finding a solution that works for both the Casey administration and the taxpayers of Pennsylvania."
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 /CONTACT: Robert C. Keller, vice president of Fortune U.S.A./Pittsburgh, Ltd., 412-391-3678; or Sharon Yeager of Skutski & Associates, Inc., 412-281-5656, for Fortune U.S.A./Pittsburgh, Ltd./


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