Pa. Lottery nixes $183 million advertising deal

    Pennsylvania Lottery officials have rescinded a five-year $183 million advertising contract to a Pittsburgh ad agency that competes with another city firm that has had the contract for years.

    Instead, the lottery is extending its current contract for a year with Marc USA, to give Gov. Corbett’s administration more time to determine whether a private firm will be hired to manage the lottery.
    Marc USA had sued in Commonwealth Court to keep the lottery from awarding the new deal to Brunner Inc.

    Officials with Brunner and the lottery say the state will compensate the firm for work it had begun on the new contract.

    Lottery spokeswoman Allison Roberts believe the lawsuit is without merit, and say they rescinded the contract because of procedural mistakes the lottery agency made in awarding the new deal.

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