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Gregoire Looking At Privatizing State Lottery

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire is exploring whether to privatize the state's lottery.

Gregoire said Thursday the privatization could generate savings and potentially new revenue for the state. She wants the lottery to solicit proposals from the private sector to determine whether such a shift is feasible. The state would still maintain an oversight role.

The lottery brought in $523 million in revenue in the last fiscal year, with most of that money going back out for prizes, commissions and administration. About $150 million went to state education, economic development and other programs.

Gregoire says the state is also going to put up other state work for private bidding, including bulk printing, website development and some government mail services.

      
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