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OUT-OF-STATE LOTTERY JACKPOTS ARE GOOD FOR PENNSYLVANIA, SUPPORTERS SAY

 Expansion Plans Would Bring Millions to Pennsylvania
 HARRISBURG, Pa., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Opponents of a bill that


would restrict out-of-state lottery ticket sales in Pennsylvania today called on the state Senate to adopt more effective measures for allowing multi-million-dollar lottery jackpots from across the United States to be played here.
 In a morning press conference at the state Capitol, Robert Keller, vice president of Fortune U.S.A./Pittsburgh, argued that out-of-state lottery ticket sales actually lead to increases in Pennsylvania Lottery ticket sales, especially when other states have jackpots in excess of $10 million.
 "None of the merchants who operate both our machines and Pennsylvania Lottery machines have experienced even the slightest decrease in Pennsylvania Lottery sales," said Keller. "In fact, 80 percent of the merchants responding to our survey said the out-of-state lottery machines increased their overall business. The facts are clear -- out-of-state lotteries help the Pennsylvania Lottery, and subsequently increase funding to programs that benefit senior citizens in this state," he added.
 Keller was joined by merchants representing nearly 200 small businesses that operate Fortune U.S.A.'s out-of-state lottery machines statewide. Together they presented the Senate Finance Committee with thousands of signatures of Pennsylvania residents who wrote in support of the availability of out-of-state lotteries. Additionally, letters from dozens of Pennsylvania merchants supporting the position that out-of-state lotteries have been beneficial, were also submitted. S.B. 518, which passed in the state House of Representatives last month and is currently pending in the Senate Finance Committee, limits the sale of out-of-state lotteries in Pennsylvania to those states that allow the Pennsylvania Lottery to be played there. But opponents say that this "reciprocity" amendment does nothing to incerase the state lottery fund. Keller says that reciprocity will, in effect, stifle young out-of-state lottery service businesses in Pennsylvania, hence cutting off the long lines at out-of-state lottery machines which have had a strong "spillover" effect on the Pennsylvania Lottery.
 Fortune U.S.A.'s Keller and others advocate a policy that would permit private-sector management and development of out-of-state lottery services in Pennsylvania under state government regulation. He said that Fortune U.S.A. has already begun negotiations with other states and will eventually begin talks with officials in Hong Kong, Europe, and other international market locations to install their lottery jackpot machines across the United States and around the world. If Fortune's expansion plans are successful, lottery players from around the world will have easy access to the Pennsylvania Lottery.
 "That is going to generate millions of dollars for the Lottery Commission and the senior citizens of Pennsylvania," said Keller.
 Keller added that his company supports state government oversight that would earmark a portion of every out-of-state lottery ticket sold in Pennsylvania to go directly to programs that benefit senior citizens, the homeless, or other Pennsylvania interests. Effective regulation would also benefit small businesses, he said, by coordinating the distribution of Pennsylvania and out-of-state lottery machines across the state.
 "The Legislature, the Lottery Commission, and Fortune U.S.A. all have a common interest in this issue, namely to increase the Pennsylvania Lottery fund in a responsible fashion. I'm hopeful that a sensible dialogue focused on private sector initiatives will help us reach a consensus," Keller said.
 Fortune U.S.A./Pittsburgh, Ltd., is a Pennsylvania-based service cPennsylvanians to play jackpot lotteries in other states. It is the largest service of its kind in the state. With average monthly sales of 28,000 tickets, Fortune employs 32 people and shares revenues with nearly 200 subscriber merchants.
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 /CONTACT: Robert Keller, vice president of Fortune U.S.A./Pittsburgh, Ltd., 412-391-3678, or Robert Oltmanns of Skutski & Associates, 412-281-5656, for Fortune U.S.A./


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